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Trip Report from October 30, 2018 (posted 11/1/18)

Today Michael and I drove to the Conifer Gate so Michael could replace the worn out padlocks. (Combo will be the same as last year). 

The first photo is the Eden Creek fire. We talked to John Ziglar, a chief in the fire world of the Park (I dubbed him Chief Smoky Feather) who said they want it to burn about 200 acres to thin an area that has never been burned in the time records have been kept, but they are watching it to make sure it doesn’t move toward Case Mountain (west). 

Next photo, some of the black oaks are quite beautiful in the Conifer elevation.

Michael also replaced the lock on the lower gate with a new one, same combo again. Our lock is recognizable by the red tape.

(Note: to see the photos that Jana included with her trip report, click on "Blog" in the left-hand column on this page.)

End of Season (posted 10/23/18)

At this time, the water to West Mineral King, Cold Spring campground, and the Ranger Station has been drained and shut off for the winter.  Both Mineral King road gates will be closed and locked on Wednesday, October 31.  Please remember that the locks aren't there to inconvenience you!  They help ensure the security of our cabins and Park property, as well as for the safety of the public. It your responsibility to securely lock each gate behind you if you drive up the road to access your cabin.  Thank you for your help.

I had a cabin owner ask about homeowners insurance for his cabin to cover liability, theft or vandalism, and fire or damage.  He is having a hard time finding a company to write a policy.  I was told Nationwide issues homeowners policies for cabins but with an endorsement excluding fire.  Other companies may be willing to do the same.  Lloyd's of London (and perhaps another company) will issue fire policies, but for premiums of $3,000 - $4,000 per year!. Unfortunately, the massive fires throughout California have spooked all of the carriers, and that is not likely to change any time soon.  But if anyone knows of an insurance carrier whom they can recommend, please let me know and I will pass along that information.

Thank you, and here's to a good, long snow fall this winter!