A Cross Section

This is an East to West 60 mile cross section of the portion of the 1844 line of march which traversed the deep snows of the Sierra Nevada. It goes from Dresslerville on the East Fork of the Carson River in western Nevada, across the mountains, to where they finally left the snow at the South Fork of the American River, just below Strawberry on today's US 50.
The section shows the elevations of the line of travel relative to the height of the higher mountain peaks.

Having left the snow, at an elevation of 5000' did not mean that the expedition was home free--because of the worn out condition of the horses and mules, and complete lack of food (other than eating those same starved animals), the next 11 days of descent along the South Fork to Sutter's Fort would be the most trying of the entire crossing.


West <<<<<<<East
 
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