so. yesterday i finished my water tank and ran the pvc down to the building site. the tank is nearly full now and i have only to make a cover for it. feels good.
~ early evening in canyonland. made the cover for the tank today—had to go to grass valley this morning [...] i borrowed tim's chainsaw to cut down some small oaks for firewood & to try clearing some of the heavy deerbrush where i want my road to go. i feel so alone and wish someone was helping me. [...]”
[Russell Towle's journal]
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 10:39:35 -0800
From: Russell Towle
Subject: trail crew
The trail crew, which Deane Swickard of BLM is trying to bring to our area to work on various trails, has been delayed in Alaska, fighting fires. Meanwhile, Deane requested that some maps be prepared depicting the trails to be worked on, so that an Environmental Assessment can be made of the work. I made a couple of maps up and sent them in to Deane today. Here is the text of the accompanying letter:
Dear Deane,Other North Fork news: there is a meeting coming up next Tuesday in Auburn, of people interested in working towards Wilderness designation for several roadless areas in Placer County, including the North Fork American. Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 7:30 p.m.
I have worked up a couple of maps depicting trails which your trail crew might work on. One is titled “Gold Run Diggings South” and two trails are highlighted, marked A and B.
A is that portion of the Giant Gap Trail, climbing from Canyon Creek to near Bogus Point. The portion marked is on BLM land. The trail follows the ridge dividing Canyon Creek from the main canyon. Where possible, the line of the old trail should be recovered; but when this is not possible, every effort should be made to run the switchbacks into the main canyon, to take advantage of the fine views.
B is the Indiana Hill Ditch, from the old reservoir on the south, to Potato Ravine on the north. A portion of the ditch coincides with the Canyon Creek Trail. Where the ditch crossed Potato Ravine on a flume, the trail diverged on the north side of Potato Ravine and bore west into what I call Potato Pass. Possibly this portion of the trail can be reestablished. The entire marked portion of the ditch ought to be brushed, and near the reservoir, perhaps we can move a couple of large boulders into the ditch, to prevent access by motorcycles.
The second map is titled “a portion of Township 15 N, Range 10 E” and shows, somewhat schematically, six sections along the North Fork American, from about Fords Bar on the southwest, to the confluence of Canyon Creek with the North Fork on the northeast. The town of Iowa Hill is just south of Section 28. The road forking off to the Roach Hill hydraulic diggings is shown as a heavy dashed line. From a large flat area along this road the Blue Wing Trail descends to the site of the old toll bridge. A trail diverges from this and leads about one mile downstream. Another trail traverses the old Truro Mine property and leads about two or three miles upstream to Pickering Bar with a possible continuation to Canyon Creek. All three trails need work, especially the Blue Wing, and the upstream trail.
Please let me know if any additional information is required. I hope to join the trail crew on all of these projects, to help lay out the exact courses of the trails, etc.
[I haven't found the first map described in the post and letter above; below is the second: -Gay ]
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On July 14, 2002, while researching known petroglyphs within the North Fork American River watershed, Russell obtained this map, put out by the California Dept. of Forestry:
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What are ‘Style 7 Petroglyphs‘?
“Abstract-Representational Petroglyphs of The Northern Sierra Nevada, California”