John Muir


[John Bidwell]


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[3]off into the glorious wilderness, following the general direction of the South Fork a few miles back from the brink until I had crossed three tributary canons from 1500 to 2000 feet deep. In the Eastmost & Middle were of the three I was delighted to discover some four or five square miles of Sequoia where I had long guessed the existence of these grand old tree kings. After this capital discovery I made my way to the bottom of the main South Fork Canon down a rugged side gorge having a descent of more than 4000 feet. This was at a point about two miles above the confluence of Bowld[illegible] Creek. From here I pushed slowly on up the bottom of the [ canon, through brush & avalanch?] boulders, past many a charming fall & garden sacred to Nature, & at length reached the grand Yosemite, at the head, where I stopped two days to make some measurements of the cliffs & cascades. This done, I crossed over the divide to the Middle Fork by a pass 12,200 feet high, & struck the head of a small tributary that conducted me to the head of the Main Middle Fork Canon - which I followed down through its entire length, though it has [illegible] been regarded as absolutely inaccessible in its lower reaches. This accomplished, & all my necessary sketches & measurements made, I climbed the canon wall below the confluence of the Mid’ & South Forks & came out at [ Converses?] again – then back to Hydes Hill, Visalia, & thence to Merced City by rail; thence by stage to Snelling & thence


1419 Taylor St. San Francisco, [Calif]

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1877 Dec 3


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