Cabin by the Lake~

Lake Isabella is at the southern terminus of The Sierra Nevada Mountain range in California.


The drive to the lake from Southern California takes you through the Mojave Desert where the distinctive Joshua Trees grow enmass at higher elevations.

This was our wonderful rental cabin near the lake.

Lake Isabella is in the high desert at the confluence of the north and south forks of the beautiful Kern River.

The lake sits at the southern entrance to Sequoia National Forest allowing access to both the eastern and western Sierra.

Lake Isabella is especially peaceful and empty in late fall. Cheers to you from scenic Lake Isabella~

219 thoughts on “Cabin by the Lake~

  1. It looks just beautiful. I was wondering if it has any of the problems that the Salton Sea has, with the alkali deposits from farming, so I Googled it and found that the lake has dam(s?) on it and that there are concerns with the possibility of them failing and flooding downstream. It’s beautiful to look at, but I wonder if I’d want to camp near it.

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  2. How stunning. The cabin looks perfect to enjoy the view.. sunrises…sunsets… wind.
    The Joshua Trees are fabulous. Wasn’t someone destroying some? I seem to remember something in the news awhile back.

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  3. Cindy, something tells me I’d really be able to finish my novel if I could rent a darling little cabin like that. Or maybe not. The gorgeous scenery you’ve photographed just begs to be enjoyed and admired!

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  4. “Cabin by the Lake” is a marvelous symbol for peace and tranquility. And Septembers are perfect for they have a nostalgic feeling. I love John Muir’s thought: In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

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  5. Spectacular photos: the lake almost looks like a mirror! It sounds like you’re quite familiar with the area, what would you recommend in terms of home base while exploring the area? Lake Isabelle? Sequoia National Park? Or the National Forest?

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    • Oh boy, that’s a toughy. Here would be some ideal scenarios, Sequoia National Park in early winter or very late fall, before it gets snowed in, after the dust, heat and crowds are gone. Seeing the giant sequoias dusted in snow and alone is magical. I would have a picnic at Lake Isabelle and hike around it in the fall. The national forest is fun to explore in the fall, when the crowds are gone and the weather is cooler.

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      • Thank you! I like your ideal scenarios, especially the aspects of avoiding the bipeds’ high season 🙂 We were in Sequoia National Park last year (in the summer, along with the crowds…) and the Air Quality Alerts due to the fires had us out of there pretty quickly. After all, what’s the point of being in a National Park when you’re supposed to stay indoors? Clearly we need to revisit, thanks again for the advice of how to do it!

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  6. Oh my goodness. This lake is gorgeous and the surrounding area magnificent. Enjoy your stay, Cindy – and Happy Thanksgiving this week. I am thankful for you, your shared visions and experiences. They make my life richer.

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