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Near Lodgepole Village, Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Middle Fork Canyon

 
 
Middle Fork Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2011
1. Middle Fork Canyon Marker
Inscription. An earlier road to Giant Forest, completed in 1903, quickly proved inadequate for increasing motor car use. Completion of a new road providing wider turns and less grade became a high priority, so a road survey of the Middle Fork Canyon was ordered in 1918. Following a zone of softer metamorphic rock, the road construction was still an arduous task. In 1926, visitors were able to travel the new highway from Ash Mountain to Giant Forest.

Despite its open appearance, the Middle Fork Canyon of the Kaweah River is nearly as deep as Arizona’s Grand Canyon. The summit of Moro Rock is 4,000 vertical feet above the canyon floor, and east of here the canyon is even deeper. The steep terrain of this region made pioneer access extremely difficult. Only after the construction of the Generals Highway, 1921-1926, did Giant Forest become easily accessible.
 
Location. 36° 32.685′ N, 118° 45.26′ W. Marker is near Lodgepole Village, Sequoia National Park, California, in Tulare County. Marker can be reached from Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road. Click for map. This marker is found near the summit of Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park. Moro Rock can be reached from Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road by taking the Moro Rock Loop to the Moro Rock trailhead. From there
Middle Fork Canyon Marker with the Generals Highway in the Background image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2011
2. Middle Fork Canyon Marker with the Generals Highway in the Background
it is a 1/4 mile, 300 feet, 400 step climb. Marker is in this post office area: Sequoia National Park CA 93262, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 0.7 miles away); For the Good of the Giants (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cattle Cabin (approx. 1.8 miles away); General Sherman Tree (approx. 2.5 miles away); Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks (approx. 4.3 miles away); Battle Mountain (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
The Generals Highway - California 198 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2011
3. The Generals Highway - California 198
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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