“A hollowed out Log turned into a home”
Tharp had arrived in 1852 in the goldfields around Placerville, becoming a cattleman rather than a miner. Tharp moved to the area of the Kaweah River in 1856, and with guides from the Potwisha people of the area he explored the mountains above. Tharp went back in 1860 with his two sons. They climbed Moro Rock and made an encampment near Crescent Meadows. It was not until 1869 that Tharp moved a cattle herd into the Giant Forest area. Tharp established a small summer cattle ranch at Giant Forest and used a fallen log as a cabin. The log was hollowed by fire through fifty-five feet of its seventy-foot length. A fireplace, door and window exist at the wider end, with a small shake-covered cabin extension. John Muir described it as a "noble den".
The hike through Crescent Meadow to Tharp's Log is so fun. It's also pretty easy so an amateur hiker shouldn't be concerned. Bring plenty of water and also keep a lookout for deer and bears. Loads of wildlife at these parks.
If you're not up for hiking, you can access Crescent Meadow by car. Also, if you're bringing kids, don't worry, if they're good walkers it's not that bad of a hike.
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