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Note to viewers: Golden Trout Camp is owned and operated by the Thacher School of Ojai, CA.
For reservation information please contact the school at: http://www.thacher.org/home.cgi


Golden Trout Camp brochure courtesy of Rich McCutchan


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Don Andrews of Monrovia, CA writes.
Ray,

Thank you for bringing back such great memories of Golden Trout Camp. My uncle, John (Bud) O'Keefe purchased the camp from Mr. Towler in 1949 and he and my dad ran it for the first season, after which my uncle and aunt (Emma Jean) continued to own and operate it until they sold to the present owners [Thacher School]. I spent many summers working at the camp and tending the many head of stock always present for the numerous guests. I surely remember the brochure! I've probably seen hundreds of them over the years. What stories I could tell of the many hair-raising adventures us kids(my sister & two cousins)had during those years. How sad the the fate of the sawmill, always considered a welcome half-way mark during that long 4 hour horseback ride. And the accompaning switchbacks on the trail! I have witnessed whole pack trains go over the side when a packer failed to consider the proper order in which to put the mules. Oh, the stories and memories! Thank you for bringing a little of it back to this 58 year-old nostalgic.

Don Andrews (November 2001)


Dwight Sigworth of Tigard, OR writes.
Ray,

My Grandfather, Dr. Dwight Sigworth, started coming to Golden Trout Camp in 1933 when the Towler's owned GTC and Chrysler and Cook ran the old pack station. He came almost every year after that until 1966 (except during WWII). I got to come with him as a guest when I was 11 and again in the summer when I was 14. I got to work there with John and Emma Jean O'Keefe. It is one of the high points in my life.

I remember the unspoiled country with a tough 10-mile trail from civilization. We were almost always the only people on the lake and my Grandfather knew every fishing hole, so we always caught lots of native fish. My favorite lakes were Cottonwood Lake #4 and Chicken Springs Lake.

About five years ago I took two of my children up and we camped just below Cottonwood Lake #1. It was fun to see things, but the road so close and the resulting restrictions to access are a shame. I understand, but it is a shame.

I would love to find two people who worked with me in 1963 at GTC. They are Kathy O'Keefe, the O'Keefe's daughter and Bob Alward. A lot has happened to all of us in 40 years.

Dwight Sigworth (March 2004)




Mt. Whitney Packer's & Owens Valley History Home Page  
 

More of Golden Trout Camp in the High Sierra

 

 Mt. Whitney Pack Train's Chrysler & Cook Brochure

 

Frank Chrysler & Ted Cook's Mt. Whitney Pack Trains

 

Sierra Crossing

 

 Panoramas of the High Sierra



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