This very forest we are ascending up into is home to some of the first ancients to inhabit the Lake Tahoe region as long as 10k years or so. Granted a lumberman did own this area therefore many of the threes are second and third generation alpine trees. The Washoe also known as the Wašiw spent the warmer months here hunting, gathering water from Rubicon creek and Lake Tahoe. Animals were abundant so were the fish thus the forest provided protection for the natives. What you see here is land donated by the D.L. Bliss family to the state park system in 1929. Duane Leroy Bliss was a wealthy lumberman, railroad owner and banker in the region.