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July 15, 1863: Sonora Pass Road

July 15, 2013

Sonora Pass 01

Vicinity of Camp 125; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 125

Oregon Sidalcea 02

Sidalcea oregana subsp. spicata; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

[Today] we came on fifteen to twenty miles, over a rough, desolate country, of volcanic hills, with some pretty, grassy valleys in places, on the forks of Walker’s River. We camped by a little lake, at the altitude of over seven thousand feet. During the day we passed a very large and copious hot spring; the water is boiling, and a stream large enough for a small mill runs away.

Specimens collected: Sidalcea oregana subsp. spicata; Tetradymia canescens; Carex microptera; Carex simulata; Castilleja pilosa; Castilleja linariifolia; Eriogonum umbellatum var. nevadense; Carex utriculata; Agastache urticifolia; Dieteria canescens var. canescens; Apocynum androsaemifolium.

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  1. July 16, 2013 2:12 am

    Reading ahead a bit, it’s not clear exactly whether or what day the party may have seen them, but here are a few GigaPans in the vicinity of Sonora Pass that give a sense of the region’s geologic scenery:

    1) Leavitt Falls Overlook:
    2) Sonora Pass Granodiorite (view 1):
    3) Sonora Pass Granodiorite (view 2):
    4) Donnell Lake, Stanislaus River Valley:

    Feel free to link to them, or grab a screenshot for a post, if you feel it appropriate. If you’re interested in embedding one (or more) of these GigaPans into a post I’d also be happy to help with that – just ask.

    • William H. Brewer permalink*
      July 19, 2013 12:19 pm

      Ron, thanks for posting these–they’re great (as usual)! And thanks for the permissions–I think I will use a screengrab from the Sonora Pass Granodiorite (view 1) for today’s post.

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