Morteros Trail

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain48ft
Trailhead Elevation2,836ft
Elevation Min/Max2827/2860ft
Elevation Start/End2836/2836ft

Morteros Trail

Morteros Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 2,836 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 48 feet.

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Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"A broad, sandy trail leads from the parking lot up the rise to the site of a prehistoric village set against the rock-strewn hillside. The slight elevation gain provides a sweeping view of Little Blair Valley, stretching to the northwest. Huge obelisk-like boulders frame large horizontal granite stones, in which the morteros, or mortar stones, were worn over a thousand years of grinding by the Kumeyaay Indians. Fortunately, the site has been respected by visitors and remains in the same condition as when the Indians departed, giving it a hallowed feeling."

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This trail is really more of a "nature" trail in length than a hike, but is definitely worth the stop due to its cultural and historic value. Since it's so near the Petroglyphs trail, we recommend combining the two. Its close proximity to Highway 78 and the west end of the park makes it a great little stop on your way in our out of Anza Borrego. (Date hiked: April 12, 2009.) Read the full write-up at:

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Trail Information

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Nearby City
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Skill Level
Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
Earthwalk Press Anza-Borrego Region Recreation Map; USGS Whale Peak
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