Atwell Mill Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Drive through torrid Visalia on any July afternoon and you’ll know why the Yokut and Monache tribes fought over the summer camps by Atwell Mills, where it is pleasant during the day and cool at night. They built little, round thatched houses and carpeted the ﬂoor with oak leaves and ferns. The women gathered most of the food, and the men spent most of their time in the sweathouse.
Summer was a time of plenty for them, with pine nuts, ﬁsh, manzanita cider, wild tobacco, and an occasional deer. The deer were stalked by one man alone, wearing a deer disguise and using arrows poisoned with rattlesnake venom. The American Indians here led a great life, but it went like the wind when the white man appeared on the scene, hot after the riches located in the Mineral King Valley."