The Morteros

Julian, California

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A broad, sandy trail leads southeast from the parking lot 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 the large horizontal granite stones into which the morteros, or mortar stones, were worn by a thousand years of grinding by the Kumeyaay Indians. Fortunately, the site, at 0.25 mile, has been respected by visitors and remains in the same condition as when the Native Americans departed, giving it a hallowed feeling.

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"A broad, sandy trail leads southeast from the parking lot 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 the large horizontal granite stones into which the morteros, or mortar stones, were worn by a thousand years of grinding by the Kumeyaay Indians. Fortunately, the site, at 0.25 mile, has been respected by visitors and remains in the same condition as when the Native Americans departed, giving it a hallowed feeling."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Julian
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Local Contacts: Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: Earthwalk Press Anza-Borrego Region Recreation Map; USGS Whale Peak

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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: http://www.greeneadventures.com/2011/04/30/a-super-short-scenic-hike-to-the-morteros-in-anza-borrego-desert-state-park/
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