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PostSun May 17, 2009 5:03 pm 
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I've been summering at Lake Chelan my whole life and I have heard about Domky Lake... I was thinking of hiking in there this year, but someone mentioned needing a permit or something?  Is that true?
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PostTue Apr 27, 2010 7:38 pm 
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Having spent many a night sleeping outside the old cabin along the Entiat, and hiking in the metal box full of the newspaper clippings and copy of the book that was removed when Pot Peak fire was ripping through Snow Brushy Meadow etc., I can say that I wish I could have met the man and heard what, if anything, he had to say.  It's pretty crazy to wake up in the morning, walk inside the cabin, sit down on his bed and just pause for a moment, things aren't that different inside there, perhaps a bit messier, talk about taking a step back.  Wonder how hard it would be to get a special use permit to live there for the winter and try and pull it off...even if you brought in food with a sled or something, it would still be something.
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PostWed Apr 28, 2010 7:36 am 
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Kirbinator wrote:
I've been summering at Lake Chelan my whole life and I have heard about Domky Lake... I was thinking of hiking in there this year, but someone mentioned needing a permit or something?  Is that true?

Not true.

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PostSun Jun 27, 2010 10:09 pm 
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Kirb, Sounds like someone has been "summering" in the cabin too long at Lk. Chelan if you never heard of "Domky" (Domke). I used to call it "Donkey" before I first went there too LOL. If you haven't already, hike from Lucerne or take Chelan Seaplanes in. hockeygrin.gif
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PostSun Sep 13, 2015 9:32 pm 
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Gordon Stuart's "new" home was built not long before he died in the early 80s.  That beautiful log home burned this summer (2015) in the Wolverine fire.  Sid took over the home and resort after Gordon's death.  Sid survived the burn by taking a boat into the middle of Domky Lake (resort guests had been evacuated earlier).
AL Cool and later Gordon Stuart spent the winter in the Entiat Valley trapping martin.  Gordon's cabin at Snow Brushy Meadow and Lake Creek probably burned this summer (no one has gotten in there to check).  Gordon stopped trapping around 1964 which was the same year I first met him after we did a backpacking fishing trip to Mirror Lake and exited down to Domky Lake and took the Lady of the Lake home.
Mountain Air by Sandy Bryant is a hard book to find but is a good read for the content.  Love to see the movie if it is ever made.
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PostMon Sep 14, 2015 5:34 am 
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very sadly...Sid was totally burned out of his concession this year by the Wolverine fire.  His cabins and house burned down and his horses were killed.  It is uncertain whether or not he will rebuild.  I suspect no.
Domke will not be an attractive location for many years now.


eta will not be returning there to work the trails so they will likely be impassable for years to come.
Everything is charred. 
I worked there in June and it is sad that all our trail clearing cross cutting went for naught.
But, sh*t happens.... shakehead.gif

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PostWed Sep 30, 2015 9:42 pm 
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lookout bob wrote:
very sadly...Sid was totally burned out of his concession this year by the Wolverine fire.  His cabins and house burned down and his horses were killed.  It is uncertain whether or not he will rebuild.  I suspect no.
Domke will not be an attractive location for many years now.


eta will not be returning there to work the trails so they will likely be impassable for years to come.
Everything is charred. 
I worked there in June and it is sad that all our trail clearing cross cutting went for naught.
But, sh*t happens.... shakehead.gif


Thanks for the update. I was afraid of that's what had happened. I have a lot of great memories from numerous trips there while Gordon was still around and Sid was a young ranger.
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PostTue Sep 06, 2016 12:46 pm 
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Damn. I just googled "Gordon Stuart Cabin Burned" hoping to not see this news. Like I said, 6 years ago or so I was asked by the USFS to hike in the memorabilia and artifacts that were saved during the Pot Peak fire.

I've always felt like that cabin was a physical link between the past and present. The Entiat was my patrol, along with the Lake-Chelan Sawtooth, and I loved it and cared for it with everything I had. The entire area provided me with some of the most impactful experiences of my life.

I'm very sorry to hear the structures at Domke were affected as well, and thank everyone who ever had a hand in protecting and preserving these structures and the legacy of those who built them.
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PostMon Oct 17, 2016 7:51 am 
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Just read this thread from beginning to end, really sad to hear of the outcome. Wish there was more a guy could have done to preserve/protect the cabins from the fire.
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