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Eastern Sierra

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DON TAYLOR
CEDRIC SIMS
The earliest explorations of the Eastern Sierra are poorly documented in historical records, leaving much room for speculation. California was officially “discovered” in 1542 by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, but the Eastern Sierra was possibly not discovered by outside explorers until 1826 when Jedediah Smith became the first white man to cross the Sierra. Smith, however, may not have ventured far enough south. More likely, the first to explore the Eastern Sierra was a British fur trapper named Peter Skene Ogden of the Hudson’s Bay Company during an 1829-1830 expedition. The records of Ogden’s journey are unclear, however. Instead, Joseph Reddeford Walker is the first documented explorer of the Eastern Sierra. Walker was hunting beaver west of the Great Salt Lake and appears to have passed by Benton Hot Springs and Mono Lake, but his exact route is unknown. Three years later, Walker guided the first expedition of the Eastern Sierra, led by Captain John Frémont. Among this group were Kit Carson, Dick Owens, and Edward Kern.

Darwin Library
Darwin Library
Darwin California
Darwin California
Darwin California
Darwin California
Darwin California
Darwin California
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Darwin California
Keeler,Ca
Keeler,Ca
Happy Face
Happy Face
Lone Pine Peak
Lone Pine Peak
Mount Whitney
Mount Whitney
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Lone Pine Peak
Lone Pine Peak
Mobius Arch
Mobius Arch
Mobius Arch
Mobius Arch
Space Case
Space Case
Lathe Arch
Lathe Arch
Eye Of Alabama
Eye Of Alabama
Whitney Portal Arch
Whitney Portal Arch
Whitney Portal Arch
Whitney Portal Arch
Hwy. 395
Hwy. 395
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest
 Buttermilk / Mount Tom
Buttermilk / Mount Tom
Buttermilk Country
Buttermilk Country
Buttermilk
Buttermilk
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Hang
Hang
Bluesteel
Bluesteel
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Mt. Whitney
Mt. Whitney
Mt. Whitney
Mt. Whitney
Mobius Arch
Mobius Arch
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Conway Summit
Conway Summit
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Devil Postpile
Devil Postpile
Devil Postpile
Devil Postpile
Chidago Petroglyphs
Chidago Petroglyphs
Redrock
Redrock
petroglyphs
petroglyphs
Fausto
Fausto
Lee Vining Canyon
Lee Vining Canyon
Lundy Lake
Lundy Lake
Lake Ellery
Lake Ellery
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
The  windmill
The windmill
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierras
Eastern Sierras
Owens River
Owens River
Silver Canyon Road
Silver Canyon Road
Owens River Bridge
Owens River Bridge
Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest
Buttermilk
Buttermilk
Buttermilk
Buttermilk
Big Alkali Lake
Big Alkali Lake
Big Alkali Lake
Big Alkali Lake
Owens River
Owens River
Convict Lake
Convict Lake
Lee Vining
Lee Vining
Lee Vining
Lee Vining
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Lundy Canyon Road
Lundy Canyon Road
Lundy Creek
Lundy Creek
Lundy Creek
Lundy Creek
June Lake Loop
June Lake Loop
Going to Bodie
Going to Bodie
Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra