John Muir’s “Hetch Hetchy Valley”

Hetch Hetchy WaterfallThe text that follows has been scanned from “Hetch Hetchy Valley,” the final chapter of John Muir’s book, The Yosemite, published in 1912. Where I found this version has the other chapters from the books as well as links to relevant sources. After you read this, please make a comment noting one or two quotes that you found particularly compelling, moving, persuasive or even over the top!

Yosemite is so wonderful that we are apt to regard it as an exceptional creation, the only valley of its kind in the world; but Nature is not so poor as to have only one of anything. Several other yosemites have been discovered in the Sierra that occupy the same relative positions on the Range and were formed by the same forces in the same kind of granite. One of these, the Hetch Hetchy Valley, is in the Yosemite National Park about twenty miles from Yosemite and is easily accessible to all sorts of travelers by a road and trail that leaves the Big Oak Flat road at Bronson Meadows a few miles below Crane Flat, and to mountaineers by way of Yosemite Creek basin and the head of the middle fork of the Tuolumne.

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