San Benito Canyon, San Benito River
New Idria Road
[May 12, 1907]
preceding species. Reproduction very good, better than either of the other two pines.
Incense Cedar, 1/2 to 2 ft. diam., up to 70 ft. high. Reproduction good. All the above species associated.
At noon on the 12th Sunday we lunched at a bridge; passed a blacksmith shop and roadworkers station; about a mile beyond, the stream (San Benito River) divided into two forks, the eastern (the true San Benito) the larger, the other north in its trend. Roads follow both forks. The east road is blind. We take north road towards New Idria. At night we camped at the second forks, one east, one north. We follow north
[San Benito Canyon, San Benito River
New Idria Road]
[May 12, 1907
The night camp is at least 4000 feet, possibly 4300 or 4500 feet.
The trees spoken of above are about 12 to 20 to the acre where there is stand. Great areas on the summit and ridge slopes are as barren as one's hand, not even herbaceous vegetation. These characteristic spots are rotting sliding shale-like rock. The brush is Quercus bullata abundant, Ceanothus cuneatus next, Rhamnus Californica not common relatively, Arctostaphylos glauca and manzanita. See p. 56a. This brush s rarely so dense that one cannot get through it readily. One can always pick open ways over any of these mountains. The trees have been logged clean for the mines, even the