159 another flood. The lava capping also ancient & some of its surface much eroded into mud & bowlders. sustaining a dense growth of trees. Fine sug [sugar] pines & firs -- Bedrock granite very much decayed * (Ancient Rivers) here eddied slowly in deep pool depositories mud silt bark & old logs San Juan River about 500 ft at one place in American Mines. & flowing SW [southwest], a smal channel is
160 Sug [sugar] P [pine] 4000 ft [feet] alt [altitude], 6 ft [feet] dia [diameter] 300 years old 3 ft [feet] at 100 yrs [years] Yuba & Feather Joe White up hill to Mtn [Mountain] House
visible on blue slate slate at Badger Hill. This current flowed nearly NE [northeast]. The elevation of bed about 2100 ft [feet] The pot holes as well as bowlders indicate this [Sketch: Mid Fork, old River, Badger Hill, San Juan]
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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