mabel lake.  close enough, but far enough too.

mabel lake. close enough, but far enough too.

Last summer my wife and I needed a little get away.  We had heard about Mable Lake, just north of Lumby.  We went on the Thursday before a long weekend, but the campground was so full it could have been the Saturday of a long weekend.

our cooler

In fact, the campground was full.  Totally.  We were not going to go home, especially after seeing the lake, so we continued along the gravel Mabel Lake road until we reached the forestry site.  Just after a big hairpin.  We took our 2wd drive car down a sketchy road to a popular camping spot near the lake.  We were not alone there either.  There were atleast 10 other cars there, most with rv style trailers, and atv’s.

it looks quiet

Somehow though, there was 1 tent spot right near where a creek joined the lake and we could set up our tent without seeing anyone else.  It felt like seclusion, even though it wasn’t.  The whole weekend was spent swimming, bbq-ing and exploring the area.  The lake was busy, but felt quiet, and we found some incredible waterfalls just uphill from the campspot while looking for a geocache.

some falls

This is a great spot, but it’s no secret.  Go early if you want a spot, or get adventerous if you want to get away from the crowds.  Cool spots are available, but they take some adventure to find them, otherwise they wouldn’t be so cool, would they?