2008 Board Members
President ....... Kal Klass email@example.com
Vice Pres. ..... David Cameron
Treasurer ...... Dean Nelson
Secretary ...... Ruth Danielson (non-voting)
Advisor......... Doug Hammond (non-voting)
Advisor......... Bill Rawlins (non-voting)
Webmaster ... Chuck Miller
WEB ADDRESS… http://www.mcpa.us
Message From The Board
Summer greetings MCPA members! Our first work party of the year was in ideal weather up at the Verlot Service Center. We re-
roofed the kiosk in the Turlo Campground, used weed eaters all around some of the buildings and the highway, and cleaned up a dead
yew tree along the drive. Search and Rescue was having a practice exercise in the same area so they kindly shared their lunch with
everyone. It was the best work party lunch we ever had, so a big thank you goes out to them.
The Mountain Loop Opening ribbon cutting was a very nice ceremony up at Barlow pass on June 28. The MCPA had a very nice
presence. Thank you to Chuck Miller for bringing up a nice trailer to display our banner and brochures for the public. Several
politicians and the mayors from Arlington, Granite Falls and Darrington attended. Peter Forbes, District Ranger for the Mt. Baker
Snoqualmie National Forest, was the main speaker for the events at Barlow pass. The tribes (Sauk-Suiattle & Tulalip) also were
present to perform a ritual blessing for the opening. A big thank you also goes out to Fred Cruger from Granite Falls. He made some
amazing large, weather proof banners to display at the Loop Opening and in the towns along the Mountain Loop for their celebrations
too. Copies were also made into some very nice framed displays.
Coincidentally, we had the avalanche just inside the gate plowed that morning so hikers had a little bit easier time hiking in that day.
And we had plenty of tourists asking about the walk in too. 70-80 bicyclists attended as well, organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club.
Most of them biked up all the way from Granite Falls for the occasion. We also had a booth in Darrington to display our brochures for
the afternoon at their Loop Opening celebration. It was a fine day, although a little on the hot side, 97 degrees in Darrington!
The Town Site Host Program is still not yet organized for the year. We are still awaiting the snow melt before knowing what plans the
Forest Service has for that this year.
At our next work party, we plan to meet behind the Verlot Service Center, same as last time. The second kiosk (Verlot Camp Ground)
will be re-roofed. We are also asking some volunteers to go all the way into Monte and mark the MCPA Town site corners. Later in
the summer, we plan to place a granite memorial bench on that property. We also should be prepared to start clearing debris off the
road in case we have time during this next work party. Please bring any necessary tools as usual.
Again, anyone is welcome to attend board meetings. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coming. If you
are interested in helping or joining the board, please let me know. Each board meeting will be after work parties this year at the picnic
Kal Klass, MCPA President
PS If you have not signed an MCPA waiver form please do so as soon as possible. You can find the form online at
www.mcpa.us PLEASE NOTE If you have already signed an MCPA waiver you do NOT need to do it again as it is a one
time thing that will stay on file.
Hearing of the death of Dan Finney, it reminded me that periodically we need to check some of our own
organizational history, as years slip by and first-hand memories fade and are reduced in numbers. MCPA came
about due to the refusal of Snohomish County to rebuild the access road following the 1980 flood and "sparked"
(sorry) by the burning of the lodge in March 1983. From my files to yours, here are newspaper accounts of the
lodge incident. The first is by reporter Don Fair from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Wednesday, March 23,
1983, p. C 12.
"Fire at Monte Cristo Lodge probably dooms it forever"
There's only a slim chance that Snohomish County's historic Monte Cristo Lodge will be rebuilt after it
was destroyed by fire, one of the owners says. "All owners will meet to decide what to do now," said Eileen
Rosman, "but I doubt that the lodge will be rebuilt."
Flames consumed the 64-year-old structure Friday night while Robert Olefield, who was living there
this winter, was away purchasing supplies.
John Prehm from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal's department said the cause of the fire is under
investigation but there are indications the lodge had been broken into prior to the fire.
Jerod and Eileen Rosman were the official Monte Cristo Lodge year-around caretakers but they were
forced to vacate it in January 1982, when an avalanche hit the back of the building.
The Rosmans and their three children had to be rescued by an Army helicopter after the avalanche
knocked out the lodge's water source and electricity.
The Rosmans hold one of 10 shares in the Monte Cristo Resorts, Inc. The lodge is only a part of the
corporation holdings over the surrounding 250 acres located near the Sauk River in the Monte Cristo area of the
It was originally constructed as a miners' dormitory and was completed in September 1917.
Nearly a decade ago, the Rosmans started refurbishing the two-story lodge, which included seven
upstairs rooms. They later rented six nearby cabins, guided visitors through the lodge and served lunch to
In December 1980, high water from the Sauk River destroyed bridges and washed out the road that led
to Monte Cristo from the Mountain Loop Highway, a distance of just over four miles. The road has not been
rebuilt and since then, visitors have either had to hike into the lodge or be transported in Rosman's jeep.
The cabins, rented to tourists during the summer, were not damaged in the fire.
"We were planning to return to the lodge in mid-April which is when tourists start renting again," Eileeen
Rosman said. (To be continued next month.)
David A. Cameron, Ph.D.