Protect Snow Creek Cabin – 2019

Protect Snow Creek Cabin – 2019

Upgrade security features at the increasingly popular Snow Creek Cabin to ensure future adventurers can enjoy visiting a historic Yosemite retreat. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

In 1929, Yosemite Park and Curry Company built a rustic chalet-like cabin off the Snow Creek Trail, near Mount Watkins, as part of a plan to attract winter tourists. Within a few years, as visitors flocked to downhill slopes at the newly opened Badger Pass, the Snow Creek Cabin was abandoned.

Decades later, with support from the Conservancy, the park restored the historic hut. The cabin’s popularity has skyrocketed among winter adventurers who trek up the snow-covered Tenaya Zigzags to search for the notoriously elusive retreat. In response to the increasing visitation, the park instituted a permit system and added security to the cabin, but people regularly attempt to break into the structure. 

This year, historic-preservation experts will reinforce cabin doors and windows to strengthen the structure against damage and illicit use, and they will add fire-escape ladders to ensure the safety of overnight guests. Throughout the process, the crew will prioritize preserving the historical character of the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Your support will ensure the cabin can continue to serve as rustic retreat for hardy adventurers — and that future visitors will appreciate its historical significance.

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