67 The summit of the mountain instead of a wind beaten heap of crags is a fine park with oak trees just enough for beauty. Fine glossy green mats of dwarf Tahoe Ceanothus also the blue species common a few yellow pines & Doug Spruce none of them v [very] large. The ridge is very regularly but not deeply chapparraled the summit park however is open & sunny with just shade enough for comfort & beauty - on the north are [stoney] blocks of lava also slate in some places. Their evidently has been great dis-
68 turbances of a volcanic nature prior to the events of the gl [glacial] period. Gl [Glaciers] evidently descended this mtn [mountain] on both sides shows well the dif [difference] between north & south sides. Morains very well marked on north side. The lava & slate & limestone all evidently denuded by ice & controlled by it in its forms & trends. Iron exists in large quantities on this ridge also good marble. The view was very grand from summit eastward Lassens Butte rising from large plain. Yellow plain runs far towards Sierra divide like a branch
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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