Pictograph Trail

Julian, California 92036

Pictograph Trail

Pictograph Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Kumeyaay Indians who made camp around Blair Valley before the 20th century left more than bedrock morteros (grinding holes) and potsherds. They also left impressive pictographs—red- and yellow-painted designs—on the face of a large boulder in Smuggler Canyon. Generations of archaeologists have puzzled over the meaning of these and other pictographs and petroglyphs (etched designs), which appear not only in the Anza-Borrego region but throughout the Southwest. The diamond-chain motif at the Smuggler Canyon site has been linked to puberty rites, but the complete meaning of these rock inscriptions may never be known."

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Trail Information

Julian
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1.6
Distance
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
October through May
Season
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Whale Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018