September 10-11, 1983
The easy, but moderately long route to Mink Lake begins at Cultus Lake Lodge. Our party of five left the Winopee Trailhead (about a mile from the lodge at Cultus) mid-morning Saturday. At lunch we basked in the sun at the old trapper’s cabin on the shore of Beaver Lake. This cabin is unusually well cared for and welcoming: pots, pans, writing paper, cots, and an excellent stove with a new chimney. From the cabin to Mink Lake shelter was a full afternoon’s trudge.
At Mink Lake Jan and David White were already building a fire for our group. They had hiked up from the Cougar Dam area in order to allow us a key and car exchange. The evening meal and campfire was shared by all seven of us, rain sending a few people off to bed early.
Serious rain all night quit in time for our breakfast and gave us a good chance to admire the full glory of Mink Lake. Mary Fulton headed out early to the western exit, Jan and David started out for Cultus, and the remaining four of us walked the shore of the lake and out via Elk Creek Trail. Details of these arrangements are too complicated to print, especially the gas mileage calculations.
Sunday was beautiful. The trail, excellent. Autumn just beginning to show in the maple. A satisfying trip for everyone involved. The official party included Mary Fulton, Fred Schepman, Millard Thomas, Paula Vehrs and leader Emmy Dale. David and, Jan White were not hiking with the group, but their help made a great difference.