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January 07, 2005

Back Country Pack Stations

I think it's time for some more pictures! Have you ever wondered what a back country pack station is like?


While we were at Bishop Mule Days last summer, we took a short trip up to Mammoth Lakes. While we were there we stopped at the Mammoth Lakes Pack Station. They had not opened up yet for the summer season, but I enjoyed getting to see how they had the station layed out.

I could imagine what it is like during the summer season when the corrals are full of mules and pack teams are coming and going. It would be fun to go back and visit sometime when they are open and operating.

While we were there, I took a few photos of their facilities.

Here are some corrals where it looked like they might keep their pack mules.


This little building has a sign labeled "Mule Train Depot" on the front, with a place on one side for "Pack Tarps" and a place on the other side for "Lash Ropes".


This looks like where the mules stand waiting for the show to begin. The rail in front looked to me like a hitching line/feed trough arrangement. Behind the rail, there are several buildings. If you look closely you can see that it looks like they are for storing things like pack saddles and pads, etc.


Here is a closer picture of some of the saddle racks. I enjoyed reading all the mules' names on the nameplates above each one!


The Mammoth Lakes area has some beautiful backcountry to explore. I would love to have the opportunity to pack into that backcountry area someday!


Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at January 7, 2005 12:10 AM