John Muir


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149 The North Fork of Feather -- largest -- next Mid Fork -- South Fork much smaller The N [North] Fork of Mid Fork & S [South] Fork of Mid Fork are both considerable streams. 30 ft wide 3 or 4 deep The latter descends in a series of picturesque cascades some of them 100 ft or more over a range of hard granite The same that the precipice of Fall River leaps. -- No other river I have seen is so widely & regularly branched The N [North] Fork of Yuba the largest, is about the size of Tuolumne in HH [Hetch Hetchy] The Mid & S [South] Forks are about size of Merced in Yo [Yosemite]

150 (* over 3 pgs) The Canons of Yuba near junction are mostly open & show but little hard precipitous rock. Some gray granite bluffs crop out here & there wh [which] answer as monuments of the ice age well preserved amid the general cutting down & crumbling of all the surface On the N [north] side of N [North] Fork there appears to be no large granite deposits. Those of San Juan & Cherokee avg [average] about 100 ft in depth though many places it reaches a depth of 160 or even 200 ft. It seems clear that the present topography is as created [eroded] by ice slightly modified by water

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