In my continuing review of old maps, I was looking at the area around Memaloose lake, and it appears that what is now the Memaloose Lake trail used to be a piece of what was called the Wanderers Peak trail (most of that appears to have been obliterated by road building). On the west side of Memaloose Lake there appears to have been a trail that went North/South. In looking at the aerial shots, it appears as though some of this area has not been logged, so the trail may still exist. It shows on the 1956 USGS maps and the 1966 Metsker maps.
Has anyone ever scouted out this old trail? Just curious.
Maps snippets for reference below
I have looked north of the summit and found small trace. In Section 20 I have looked some along that road to the hole cut out but it is chest high rhodie country. Hard to see tread or blaze.
Going east from the summit, the lake was not on the oldest route. Blazes lead down the ridge after the current trail drops to the lake.
There is a nice segement in Section 28 about from the 3600 contour across the creek and back. It runs under the road, then up and along above it to merge with the Mem Lake Trail about 100 yards up from the current trail head.
I have found nothing on Wanderers tho. Except a nice view to the east.
When I was up on Wanderer's peak late last year, I did see what looked like a trail, but I couldn't follow it due to the snow. I want to go back there this year to do some more exploring. I think the road took out most of that trail - at least up to the peak. The road up to the peak has been bermed over.
Here is a map overlay of the metsker map over an aerial view. If the route can be believed, it didn't go through that little triangular cut area: