Best Short Hikes in California's South Sierra
The Mountaineers Books, Jan 29, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
* The best 66 short hikes in the Southern Sierra* Handy appendices to find the Sierra hikes you desire* Two trip summary tablesAn area that's larger than the entire European Alps, the South Sierra offers unparalleled beauty and extensive hiking options. The drive to the various trailheads alone will take you past the largest trees in the world, provide dramatic views of some of the deepest canyons in the United States, and reveal splendid glimpses of the highest peak in the lower 48states.
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Page 35 - It is about ten miles long, half a mile wide, and the stupendous rocks of purplish gray granite that form the walls are from 2500 to 5000 feet in height, while the depth of the valley below the general surface of the mountain mass from which it has been carved is considerably more than a mile. Thus it appears that this new yosemite is longer and deeper, and lies embedded in grander mountains, than the well-known Yosemite of the Merced. Their general characters, however, are wonderfully alike, and...
Page 34 - Kings Canyon reaches a depth of 8200 feet near the confluence of the middle and south forks of the Kings River. The depth of this canyon is without peer in North America. It is deeper than Hells Canyon in Idaho and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. At Roads End, the start of...
Page 35 - In the vast Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is a yet grander valley of the same kind. It is situated on the south fork of Kings River, above the most extensive groves and forests of the giant sequoia, and beneath the shadows...
Page 35 - Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is a yet grander valley of the same kind. It is situated on the south fork of King's River, above the most extensive groves and forests of the giant sequoia, and beneath the shadows of the highest mountains in the range, where the canons are deepest and the snow-laden peaks are crowded most closely together. It is called the Big King's River Canon, or King's River Yosemite, and is reached by way of Visalia, the nearest point...
Page 24 - A much more serious form of mountain sickness is HAPE. Symptoms are inordinate shortness of breath and a dry, nonproductive cough or a cough producing a small amount of pink-tinged sputum (caused by blood from the lungs). HAPE results in a filling of the lung's air sacs with fluid that has oozed through the walls of the pulmonary capillaries.
Page 22 - Governmental agencies, particularly the National Park Service and the US Forest Service, have filtered hundreds of gallons of water from wilderness streams, found one or two organisms (far less than enough to be infective), and erected garish signs proclaiming the water "hazardous.