A western toad caught trying to escape the trail, chipmunks, Steller's jays, American robins and a lone redtailed hawk were the few interruptions up to Muskrat.
|Muskrat Lake Cabin|
According to Les Joslin, retired USFS, the cabin was built in 1934 by Luther Metke. Metke built the cabin for Ted Wallace who provided living quarters for his trappers who were trapping muskrats in the forest to supplement Wallace's muskrat farm. Of all the things...
Of course, this brings up questions as to the histories of these 2 fellows, where the muskrat farm was located - one reference had it listed for Muskrat Lake - and what or where were the muskrats going from the farm. Hopefully I'll be able to pull some threads of a story together.
|Room with a view|
In addition to the written references, I met a fellow on the trail who had backpacked into the area and camped in the cabin back in the 1970s when the structure was sound. He mentioned a group, Friends of the Muskrat, who maintained the cabin until new regulations for Wilderness areas was enacted and the cabin left to dissolve into the landscape. Another thread to pick up...
|Muskrat scat loaded with crayfish parts|
Special thanks to Lynda Paznokas for the information about Wallace.