The gen character of then n wall below the 3 Hermits is very picturesque; tremendous vertical or slanting recesses gas the rocks from top to bottom, giving a palisaded appearance. The spaces between the gashes are cross cut, leaving flat-topped ends, while many diagonal lines show tendency to diamond pattern. The first gen mass below M D , seen in front has 3 well marked summits. Then there is a grand recess with 3 pk points at top wh might be called the 3 Hermits instead of the first; then a grand mass very broad at base, vertical in place like El Cap across base a mile or more. Then comparartively low sloping rocks with trees 1500 ft or so. The wall on s below rr is more precipitous, shows Yo chge and forms but is lower than the palisades and has fine forest atop with slopes running up 3 to 4000 ft. The vall is also wider here than elsewhere, ½ mile or ¾. The river is pushed over to n side by long gentle slopes of debris. Fine park, though showing considerable deterioration as to vegetation than the upper val by sheep pasturing. Sheep are driven thro’ to pastures between mid and s forks every yr. Charming mead small at foot and fine fall a short dist below. A small garden planted.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15 cm.
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