Without restoration work, many of Yosemite’s historically significant wilderness cabins could be lost to natural elements. These cabins are not only historic landmarks, but they also serve as important resources for park rangers and visitors. Since 2002, Yosemite Conservancy, in partnership with the National Park Service, has worked to preserve these historic structures for future enjoyment.
Sachse Springs Cabin (2012)
Sachse Springs Cabin, built in 1947 and located in the northwestern corner of the park, was quickly deteriorating as a result of rodents and aging materials. The Conservancy-funded restoration project included replacing logs, and repairing the stone foundation and aging roof. Historic-preservation crews refurbished interior trim and sealed the exterior from rodents. Thanks to these efforts, Sachse Springs Cabin is now a safer and structurally sound shelter.
Lake Vernon Cabin (2011)
The Lake Vernon Cabin, located north of Hetch Hetchy, is a historic resource for Yosemite National Park and has served as a backcountry shelter since 1946. As a result of the restoration project, routine maintenance and roof rehabilitation were completed to align the structure with current safety and historic-preservation standards. Interpretive signs were also placed to educate backcountry visitors about the cultural significance of this cabin.
Merced Lake Cabin (2010)
The Merced Lake Cabin, located in Yosemite’s High Sierra, is an architecturally significant example of a 1920s-era log building. The cabin serves as a base for ranger patrols, fire crews, and search and rescue activities. Thanks to this project, health and safety issues, and structural concerns were corrected and improved. The cabin’s historic integrity and materials were preserved through careful construction and thoughtful upgrading of materials, and its useful life as a ranger patrol has been extended.
More Cabin Restorations
Buck Camp (2008)
Ostrander Lake (2007)
Snow Creek (2006)
Miguel Meadows (2002)