[John Muir et al]
Sec. of the Interior
fifteen thousand Dollars. Next to Yosemite itself. Hetch Hetchy is the greatest attraction in the Park, and will he visited by countless thousands when once made easily accessible.III. That all private holdings within the Park be extinguished by purchase or condemnation. Perhaps the most important of these is the old Tioga Road which follows up the main dividing ridge between the Tuolumne and Merced Rivers into the Tuolumne Meadows, thus opening the central part of the Park to tourist travel. It was built by a mining company but has long been out of repair. It could probably be purchased and put in good condition for much less than the original cost.IV. That a trail be built from Yosemite Valley leading directly up the canyon of the Merced River to its headwaters, thence into the Tuolumne Meadows and down the Grand canyon of the Tuolumne to the Hetch Hetchy Valley. The cost would be considerable but it would be justified over and over again by bringing to view the most sublime and beautiful canyon scenery of the Sierra or the world.V. A trail built directly up the Tenaya Canyon from Yosemite Valley to Lake Tenaya would enable travelers to reach the Eastern portion of the Park much more directly and earlier in the year. While a great deal of blasting will be required, this trail could probably be built for fifteen thousand Dollars.It will require an appropriation of at least two hundred and fifty thousand Dollar to effect the improvements suggested, and we06348
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