Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Sacramento, California 94230

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Follow the North Trail through a mixed evergreen forest containing vibrant stands of fragrant incense cedar and maroon-barked manzanita to a reconstructed Sierra Miwok village where the focal point is the largest chaw’se, or grinding rock, in North America.

A huge flat rock lies at the heart of the meadow and there the
women worked, in one of the most glorious kitchens nature could provide, surrounded by a woodland scented with incense cedar and thick with the oaks from which the Miwok harvested their staple crop, acorns.On the rock, outfitted with pestles and good company, the women prepared the acorns."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"The two trails, the North Trail and the South Nature Trail, can be joined conveniently to create a loop that takes in all the park’s sights. No route-finding is necessary, because all the trails are well marked and easily identified. This loop starts at the trailhead in front of the museum. The trails around the 135-acre Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park pass exhibits, plants, reconstructions (including a Miwok village and a ceremonial round house), and the famous Indian Grinding Rock, Chaw’se. Having nearly 1,200 mortar cups on its bedrock limestone, it encompasses the largest number of bedrock mortars anywhere in North America. Still visible next to some of the mortars are 2,000 to 3,000 years old petroglyphs." Read more
"Travel through a mixed evergreen forest containing stands of fragrant incense cedar and maroon-barked manzanita to a reconstructed Sierra Miwok village where the focal point is the largest chaw’se, or grinding rock, in North America. For generations the Sierra Miwok gathered to prepare meals in the lovely foothills meadow that is now part of Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. A huge flat rock lies at the heart of the meadow—and there the women worked, in one of the most glorious kitchens nature could provide, surrounded by a woodland scented with incense cedar and thick with the oaks from which the Miwok harvested their staple crop: acorns." Read more

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7/3/2009
Very nice trail for the begginer nature hike, very flat and well maintained. Also has a guide available to learn about the trees and the history of the park. When you are ready for a challenge step up to the river trail which is very nice, just take bug spray, water and sun screen.
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3/13/2009
Absolutely stunning trail. Very easy and anybody can walk this trail. The large Redwoods are breathtaking.
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Trail Information

Sacramento
Nearby City
1.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
California State Parks, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum, 14881 Pine Grove–Volcano Rd., Pine Grove 96556; (209) 296-7488; www.parks.ca.gov/igr
Local Contacts
USGS Pine Grove CA; online at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_ id=25307
Local Maps

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Dec 2018