John Muir


image preview



from trail trib [tributary] Yet another & another higher Set out on 3 days trip to summit of Mt Humphrey Sep 26 or 27

Alt valley opp [opposite] 9th Camp 7800 at bot [bottom] find old white man Camp. Good pluck said Billy for he must have been [alone] bed not big for two. That must [be] heavy fellow meaning him. (horse) found old Ind [Indian] camp [or] [white]

2 ms [miles] of very rocky valley bottom endless succession of rocks of every shape rough[ly] the general surface of the valley much as if they were loosely


spread boulders [mislead] of portions of bedrock worn & [weathered] by the bottom of the great Joaq’ [Joaquin][glacer [glacier] The river runs in narrow can [canyon] 1 to 200 ft deep

[sketch: Crossection of valley of S [South] Fork ]

of San Joaq’ [Joaquin] near big E-ward [eastward] [bend] opp [opposite] 9th Camp

Above this stormy rock surface the valley calms to perfect level forming a [true] Yo Sem’ [Yosemite] Alt 8100 2 or 3 ms [miles] long. The South Wall of valley is perhaps ab [above] 3000 ft high Gl [Glacier] fountains [sporadically] brought down trees & rocks spread over valley floor

Date Original



Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.


John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist