In 1929, Dr. Wilson of Los Angeles ventured into Mendocino County looking for an escape from the developing cities and urban traffic of Southern California. Setting out on horseback through lush pine forests and fields of blooming wildflowers, he found his ideal retreat in the form of a beautiful lake: Henthorne, part of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest.
At the edge of the lake, Dr. Wilson built a hand-hewn cookhouse and sleeping quarters to relax and enjoy the abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Later, he added guest quarters so that his many friends could come and revitalize themselves before returning to the stress of the city.
As the years passed, the doctor passed his love of the land to his son, Richard Wilson, who, with his family, operates the camp and adjacent cattle ranch. And now, the Wilson family extends a special invitation to other small groups and families with the hope that they, too, can experience the ‘splendid solitude’ of Henthorne Lake.
Henthorne Lake is now part of Henthorne Lake Retreat, located in southeastern Trinity County on the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Eel River. The nearest town is Covelo, 35 miles south.