Upper Stanislaus River, Middle [Fork],
sees the Stanislaus River and beyond and up the heights of the Dardanelles, positive landmarks in a region rather destitute of them in the main forest belt. Along the Patterson grade from about 6400 feet to 6200 feet occurs a little patch of the Douglas Fir, large trees. We come to a high slope covered with chaparral:
Ceanothuis integerrimus (a little)
Castanopsis sempervirens (a little)
This is a characteristic upper montane chaparral and very different from
[Middle] Fork, Tuolumne Co. July 17, 1915
the chaparral below the Yellow Pine belt, being much lower and the individual shrubs more isolated and far more widely spreading, being broad and usually rather low.
- Prunus emarginata. I seemed to see every transition from the narrow-leaf form of chaparral areas to the broad-leaf form of stream banks which latter becomes almost a tree. -- Patterson Grade.
Along the river, which we strike at Brightmans Flat, the country is far more rugged and picturesque. The river for the most part flows in a narrow cleft or channel with rocky walls