Desolate Cabin

(written by Bill)

As we backpacked beside the Rubicon River in Desolation Wilderness on Father’s day weekend (2012), we came across this lone cabin. There are no roads in or out of this wilderness region so it is literally located in the middle of no where! Not sure who built it, or when, but it was an amazing find and one of the highlights from our 3 day hike.

This was my first post as a blogger and I included only one photo (didn’t know how to add more at the time).  I have recently had a few inquires about the inside of the “Desolate
Cabin” so I added a few additional shots with captions telling a bit more about what we saw.

Hope you enjoy… bill


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27 Responses to Desolate Cabin

  1. What’s inside this lone cabin? does it have a floor? Is that a glass window?

    • motioners says:

      I added some additional photo’s showing the inside of the cabin so please go back and check it out. It was pretty dark inside and I was not carrying a flash so I did my best to clean them up and make then presentable. Hope this answers your questions. Thanks so much for your comment. bill

      • Thanks for posting the inside views. My creative mind believes it has been abondoned for a long time and possibly the person who built it is no longer around. By the looks of all the materials inside, it was not a one man job. Guess it will just remain one of the wonders of mankind….

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  3. Jerry says:

    You do and excellent job with photography. Some day…. 😉

  4. cindy knoke says:

    What incredible cabin. Someone lived there in solitude for a long time I suspect. Thought provoking post!

    • motioners says:

      As we walked around the cabin and peered into the windows and cracks, we couldn’t help but think about it’s past. Who built it? When? Did they live there full time or was it a retreat of some sort, or a hunting cabin? Lot’s of thoughts. Mysterious and exciting. Thanks for your “thought provoking” comment. bill

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing find. It gave me goosebumps. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jared says:

    These are great pictures and may answer the puzzle i have been trying to solve for years. My great grandpa used to take cattle from wrights lake over rockbound pass and stay in a cabin somewhere near the rubicon river in china flat. I have been trying to locate the cabin for years and have been unsuccessful. Is this cabin located in that general area? Do you have any pictures that may indicate its location with respect to the crystal range? Just hoping you may be willing to help me find this long lost family treasure. Shoot me an email if you would like our conversation to be private. Thank You so much.

    • motioners says:

      Let me give you our route on your hike, which may help.

      Trailhead was Wrights Lake, we hiked northeast through Willow Flat then on past Maud Lake. From Maud Lake we ascended up and over Rockbound Pass. Once over the pass we hiked by Lake Doris and continued on past Lake Lois and finally camped at Lake Schmindell. In the morning we headed east to catch the trail going toward China Flat which runs southeast and is parallel with the Rubicon River (river on our left side). At the 3 mile mark (from Lake Schmindell) and just before China Flat there is a junction, one path heads to China Flat and the other goes back up to Lake Lois. We took the trail up to Lake Doris. We passed the cabin (on our right side) about a quarter to a half mile (guessing) before the junction. The cabin is very easy to miss as it is a pretty good distance from the trail and there is no path going to it. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have anymore questions. bill

      • Jared says:

        Thank you so much! I look forward to hopefully locating it for myself. Jared

      • motioners says:

        Jared, We would really like to learn more about the cabin if you’re willing to share what you find. Don’t know where you live, close or far, but would be willing to help out if we can. bill

      • Jared says:

        I would definitely be willing to share what i find with you. I mean i would still be wondering if the cabin was even still standing had i not found your website so its the least i could do. I live very close (about 45 minutes to Wrights lake) but have not had a chance to get up there yet. I am going to sort through some old family history and pictures to see if i can find out more about it and hopefully get up there in the next couple weeks. Thanks again for your help. Jared

  7. newsferret says:

    First photo, the major, what a shot. Congrats on that one.

    • motioners says:

      This was one of the last things we would have expected to see so far into the wilderness. Recently we received an inquiry about the cabins exact location and that they believe they know who built this cabin. Seems we may get some additional details, sure hope so. Pretty interesting. Thanks for your kind feedback. bill

  8. Wow…it’s beautiful. I love the shot of the stove/kitchen. Interesting find…would love to know the story behind it.

  9. Fascinating building-it is interesting how the logs did not appear to be tightly notched like you see in many log buildings-thanks for sharing-great pics too!

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Old rancher cabin was occupied about 20-25 years ago

  12. motioners says:

    What a beautiful place to live. He would have a lot of visitors these days due to the popularity of backpacking.

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