Pictograph Trail

Julian, California

Pictograph Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Blair Valley has attracted human visitors for centuries. High above the desert, its temperatures are more moderate than those of its surroundings. Early inhabitants evidently found it comfortable, as do present-day hikers and campers. Hikers can pause to contemplate the meaning of pictographs along the way, which still puzzle archeologists. Left by the ancient Dieguena Indian Tribe, the red and yellow pictographs painted on the rocks may have relayed messages to travelers, or have some religious significance. Prehistoric graffiti represents a large investment of time and labor, so it is not to be taken lightly. Your view of Little Blair Valley on the hike back to the parking area shows the value of this location to early desert dwellers. Residents enjoyed excellent visibility from this slope at the end of the valley. There is a sacred feeling about being in an area that was inhabited so many centuries ago."

Pictograph Trail Reviews

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Although the drive was a little rough, if you don't have an SUV, it was still manageable in a car. When we arrived at the trail head, there was a marker with a good description and the trail was an easy hike and well marked the entire distance. I wouldn't recommend waiting until June for this hike, but the pictographs were great.
Good ride, about 6 hours total up and back. Steady climb up and around to a pretty valley then on up again to the pictographs. Have to walk in 1 mile to see the pictographs so if on horse back like us you have to be prepared to leave your horse or just not go in to see them. Weather was alittle hot.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best October to April
Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
Earthwalk Press Anza-Borrego Region Recreation Map; USGS Whale Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018