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PostTue Feb 16, 2021 10:20 am 
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Hello.
Back in my younger days there were a number of hiking shelters located on various trails around the state.  These were typically three sided lean-to's with simple bunks to get you off the ground.  Are there any of them left anywhere?  Is there a list or a map?  Thanks
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PostTue Feb 16, 2021 11:09 am 
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One of the ones to recently succumb to the elements was Mackinaw Shelter on the N. Fork Sauk River. They were everywhere back in the 60's.
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PostTue Feb 16, 2021 2:12 pm 
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There's one in the Necklace Valley and plenty in Olympic Natl Park... The problem is most are very old and decaying or mouse infested, and hantavirus is a concern nowadays. Also it is forbidden to build new structures on forest land so they are not maintained (there's a historic structure in Olympic Natl forest that is currently about to be swept away and moving/fixing it is red tape.)
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PostTue Feb 16, 2021 4:10 pm 
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Two of my favorites are
1.  Moore Point on Lake Chelan.  I cleaned all the pine needles off  this structure a couple years ago to help the shakes air out  and not rot.  I talked with the ranger about replacing the rotten ones but they were unwilling to do all the assessments and historical rigamoral involved with having me do it.  Lots of archeological hoops to jump through.

2.  Church creek shelter at the Upper Skokomish trailhead ( or near it anyway...)  I was delighted with all the immense trees in the area but only had time for a quickie hike down to the shelter and back.   I would love to spend more time among the tree giants there.... cool.gif

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PostTue Feb 16, 2021 5:49 pm 
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Last time I was at Saddle Lake on the way to the 3 Fingers Lookout, the lean to shelter there was still pretty solid.

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PostWed Feb 17, 2021 5:16 pm 
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Information on Olympic Shelters in the below thread.

http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7963518

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PostThu Feb 18, 2021 1:04 pm 
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Here is a list of shelters and structures I remember still standing when I roamed the Olympics. Some I stayed in and some I didn't. I believe all are gone now.
* Shelter at the south end of Lower Lena Lake
* Original Boulder Shelter on upper Dungeness
* Old cabin at Sink Lake. (full of mice)
* Only remaining  structure at Tubal Cain mine
* Only structure at Tull City
* Flapjack on the Bogie
* Corrigeda guard station on the Dose
* Lookout at Mt Townsend (abandoned)
* Mt Jupiter L.O.
* Mt Walker L.O.
* Old CCC camp at Quilcene
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PostThu Feb 18, 2021 4:38 pm 
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Here is the Bear Camp shelter from 2012.

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PostFri Feb 19, 2021 5:57 pm 
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Here is Bear Camp from Sept, 2021:


And the shelter at Three Rivers, from same trip.


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PostSat Feb 20, 2021 7:41 pm 
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cryptobrian wrote:
Here is Bear Camp from Sept, 2021:

Do you have a DeLorean?


The shelters at Devil's Park and Bear Skull should still be okay on the Devil's Dome loop.  The one in the meadow below Devil's pass has collapsed.
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PostSat Feb 20, 2021 9:40 pm 
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Ha! I meant 2020.  tongue.gif

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PostSun Feb 21, 2021 8:32 am 
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Another standing shelter is at Beaver Pass, the divide between Big and Little Beaver Creeks in NCNP.

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostSun Feb 21, 2021 12:13 pm 
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lookout bob wrote:
2. Church creek shelter at the Upper Skokomish trailhead ( or near it anyway...) I was delighted with all the immense trees in the area but only had time for a quickie hike down to the shelter and back. I would love to spend more time among the tree giants there.... cool.gif

I believe you are thinking of the Camp Harps Shelter. The Church Creek Shelter is a bit downstream from the Camp Harps Shelter. Its an easy trail walk to get to the Camp Harps Shelter. The last time I visited the Church Creek Shelter (almost 4 years ago) I was able to walk a trail down to Church Creek easily enough, but once I got to the other side of Church Creek, the trail remnants were hard to find due to downed trees and plants growing over the trail. It didn't seem like the Church Creek Shelter gets that many human visitors. I have pictures of both on one of my external hard drives.

Church Creek Shelter is on the left. Camp Harps is the center and right photos.

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PostFri Feb 26, 2021 10:20 am 
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Here a thing I like to do:

I like to pop off trail on occasion and investigate something that looks different sometimes its a cut stump in a wilderness area, sometimes an old campsite. They could be cut trees for a puncheon or bridge; but if none is around, I poke around to see if there are remnants of what might have been a leanto. For instance, along the PCT north of Janus, theres a campsite in a spot below the trail. Back in there are a series of cut stumps, too big to be cut for firewood (at least I think so). There are no remnants, but its the only source of water between Janus and Pear, so my assumption is there was a leanto there.

Anyway, Ive come across several maybe old leanto sites. Maybe I dream too much, but as the original poster says, these things were all over the place. Most were not as elaborate as the Olympic shelters and they easily went back to Nature they were always half-way there anyway.

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