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July 26, 1864: Charlotte Creek

July 26, 2014

Bubbs Creek 07

Bubbs Creek Canyon; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 181

Bubbs Creek 09

Charlotte Dome from Bubbs Creek; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Some prospectors had come over the summit to this place, as I told you, and we resolved to follow their trail, assuming that where they went we could go. [Today] we started and got about eleven miles, a hard day’s work, for we rose 4,300 feet. First we went up a steep, rocky slope of 1,000 to 1,500 feet, so steep and rough that we would never have attempted it had not the prospectors already been over it and made a trail in the worst places—it was terrible.

Charlotte Dome

Charlotte Dome from upper Charlotte Creek; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

In places the mules could scarcely get a foothold where a canyon yawned hundreds of feet below; in places it was so steep that we had to pull the pack animals up by main strength. They show an amount of sagacity in such places almost incredible. Once Nell fell on a smooth rock, but Dick caught her rope and held her—she might have gone into the canyon below and, with her pack, been irretrievably lost. We then followed up the canyon three or four miles and then out by a side canyon still steeper. We camped by a little meadow, at over nine thousand feet. Near camp a grand smooth granite rock rose about three thousand feet, smooth and bare.

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