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Old 06-04-2008, 06:08 PM   #76 (permalink)
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The 5-6 foot glacial hole I "guess" is cool....but after you find it, it's like..."Oh, look. A hole in granite"
Is that the hole in the side of the cliff, near the rock cabin?? The water inside is milky color.
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Is that the hole in the side of the cliff, near the rock cabin?? The water inside is milky color.
Dunno which one that is....

To get to the glacial hole: as you pass the caretaker's cabin coming from the pits, the road cuts to the right in front of the stage/bar area, passes it and then cuts left to go behind the heli-pad.

Instead of cutting that left towards Caddy, keep walking (you can't drive there) EAST and head up the side of the hill, which is mostly bare rock.

It takes a little searching, but it's up on that hill.

If you REALLY want to see a cool hole in a rock due to glacial movement. I guess it's worth the hike.
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Dunno which one that is....
Here's my favorite spot.

Besides cabin....it's always different to drink the spring water there.



Just over the hill...I like to call this the REAL BIG sluice. It would be pretty exciting, if the water wasn't there.



Back a ways...you have to climb some rocks...you'll get to a large blockage and there it is




It's literally, a hole the granite, with water and bubbles constantly coming up.




Now..here's the creepy part. My friend and I, have climbed up to it...and got in. Thinking, ok..it's 1 foot or 2 foot. Nope. I climbed in, and dropped in up to my neck (I'm 6' 1") and still didn't touch. I'm not claustrophobic, but it's barely bigger than my shoulders...so it's not like you can swim easily...I held on to the edge...went down...and touched nothing with my toes. Zip. Lord knows how deep it goes. If you're brave one day...give it a go.

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Wow! Something else I have never seen. Got some exploring to do this summer.
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Wow! Something else I have never seen. Got some exploring to do this summer.
Post up when you do... that's part of what I find coolest about the Rubicon. Everyone who sees it finds something different. It seems like everyone has their own favorite place, and there's just SO damn much history up in these hills, whether it came from the Indian footpath, Wikander's island, SMUD's project, or the Jeeps and families that have been visiting the trails ever since. The more you go back, the more you find...

As I recall, the Baggerman family goes back just a few years on the hill... Mike, I bet if you talk to some of your dustiest relatives, you'll find more stories to tell, and more stuff to see.

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There used to be a book about te whole area at the Wentworth Springs Hotel. I rember Oren showing it to us . It had pictures of Jack London at the Wentworth mineral spring and stories about the trail and hapenings at Lake Tahoe.If any one knows of this book or where to find a copy I would be very interested in it.
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A friend found these up past the Stone Cabin a couple years ago. Never heard if there was a missing persons report from the 1980's
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Randii since you mentioned Wikander's. I have a question. Where is it? I know the cabin was at Buck Island. I don't know where though. I always hoped to see an old foundation or something. Any clues.
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After you go over the bridge onto the private property of the springs, you will see a gate on your right. The trail cuts left to the big mud hole into the springs.

Walk down that road behind the gate bout maybe 1/4 of a mile. Look for evidence of beavers...

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when i visited that cabin in the early 80's there was a early refrigator on the front porch-it was the style that took a large block of ice in a compartment built in to the unit. the name plate on it said "penguin"
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Randii since you mentioned Wikander's. I have a question. Where is it? I know the cabin was at Buck Island. I don't know where though. I always hoped to see an old foundation or something. Any clues.
Bring a canoe, you'll need to paddle out the island to look around. I've swum out before, but I don't recommend that anymore without a PFD after Jason passed in 2007. If you park a few hundred yards west of the drop-in to Big Sluice and walk around the northeast tip of Buck, it is a short walk down the shore to the shortest hop onto the island.

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Randii are there any hidden treasures paddling around on Loon. We are trying to find a place that we can rent a canoe for this weekend and want to padddle around looking for stuff. I think Robbs has Kayaks but no canoes.
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Here's my favorite spot.

Besides cabin....it's always different to drink the spring water there.



Just over the hill...I like to call this the REAL BIG sluice. It would be pretty exciting, if the water wasn't there.



Back a ways...you have to climb some rocks...you'll get to a large blockage and there it is




It's literally, a hole the granite, with water and bubbles constantly coming up.




Now..here's the creepy part. My friend and I, have climbed up to it...and got in. Thinking, ok..it's 1 foot or 2 foot. Nope. I climbed in, and dropped in up to my neck (I'm 6' 1") and still didn't touch. I'm not claustrophobic, but it's barely bigger than my shoulders...so it's not like you can swim easily...I held on to the edge...went down...and touched nothing with my toes. Zip. Lord knows how deep it goes. If you're brave one day...give it a go.

Damb we hiked up that creek but must of stopped just before that hole. Next time I'll bring a rope and a small weight to see how deep it is.
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Maybe cool, maybe not.

We hiked up to the top of the hill (West side) overlooking Buck. While hiking over the slabs we saw a huge over grown squirrel standing on its back legs and looking at us from 20 ft away. When I say overgrown I swear this thing was 20lbs. He was just chilllin but watching us closely for his safety. A little later on the hike my friend saw another huge squirrel that looked just like the first.

After many camp fire stories about the squirrels I got back to the PC this morning to find that they were actually Yellow-Bellied Marmots. Very cool, one of them lived about 100 yards from our camp. You could tell he lived there by all of the waste around his/her house. After all the years of I have been on the slabs in that area I had never seen one. They seem to like to live in the cracks in the granite.

Here is a pic, not my pic but one I got off of the net. No joke the Marmot I saw was at least 24".

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Not Fail. Very cool.
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Maybe off topic for this thread but how can I post a kmz file for google earth here?? Can i make it a link?? or................
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Yes but you linked to your site. I wonder if it would up load??
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Yes but you linked to your site. I wonder if it would up load??
Dunno! When you upload you should get a list of allowed files . . . If .KMZ is not on the allowed list, contact Lance and see if he will add it.
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Randii are there any hidden treasures paddling around on Loon. We are trying to find a place that we can rent a canoe for this weekend and want to padddle around looking for stuff. I think Robbs has Kayaks but no canoes.
Sorry, Jack, I missed this... it has been a crazy-busy week.

Paddling the perimeter of Loon/Pleasant is a good trip, but a pretty long day, if you get out and look at all the cool stuff. You do see way more from the water than you can see walking around... keep an eye out for the old haul road where it goes into the lake (can be tough to see, but when you see it, it is hard to miss). The Scout Camp is worth exploring, and there are some great campsites on the West shore of what used to be Pleasant Lake. There's a cool 'bay' there, as well, and the East side of the lake is studded with tiny islands that offer great hideaways and cool pictures.

Depending on the water level, you can see the tunnel that connects to Buck, and explore some of the islands. There are lots of little ones in Pleasant, and a few big ones in Loon. I've napped on a few of them -- it doesn't get much better than that!

So yeah, there are LOTS of cool things to see! Get a fishing license if you're an angler -- Loon gets stocked regularly with planters.

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Anyone have pics of the cable rigging over the swimming hole? If you are in the Springs & cross the river & hike over a couple ridges there is a cool swimming hole. I would assume it was for mining. When I see it my mind wanders thinking about the hardy folks that installed it and what their lifestyle was like.
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It was for the utility Company that managed the area before SMUD. I have a pic somewhere........................
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