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August 1, 1863: Mokelumne Headwaters

August 1, 2013

Ebbetts Pass 01

Mokelumne headwaters, from near Ebbetts Pass (vicinity of Camp 131); by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 131

anna's hummer & anderson's thistle

Hummingbird & Cirsium andersonii; by randomtruth, on Flickr

[Today] we came on to near the summit—first over a high ridge, then down a long, rough, and rocky hill to Hermit Valley, on the Mokelumne River, then up again to near the summit, camping at an altitude of over eight thousand feet, where we found grass, water, and wood. We had some fine views on the way and our camp was surrounded by rocky, volcanic pinnacles, picturesque and grand. We had a late supper and good sleep again in the cool air, for the frost settled heavily on our blankets.

Specimens collected: Mimulus lewisii; Hieracium gracile; Ericameria parryi var. nevadensis; Carex multicostata; Raillardella argentea; Arabis platysperma; Aconitum columbianum; Juncus occidentalis; Carex heteroneura var. heteroneura; Artemisia rothrockii; Cirsium andersonii; Packera cana; Monardella glauca.

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