Way of the Mono Trail Sierra National Forest Bass Lake View Hike Oakhurst California
Interpretive trails are usually good places to appreciate the finer features of a forest, but they tend to lack grand vistas. This is not the case with Way of the Mono Trail, which rises to a splendid view over Bass Lake, a beauty in the Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Yosemite National Park. Way of the Mono Trail is a 0.6-mile loop with 140 feet of elevation change. Panels along this... Read more.
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Tagged with · Bass Lake · Free Trails · Lakes · Morteros · Native American Heritage · Nature Trails · Oakhurst
Distance: 0.6 miles · Elevation change: 140 feet
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Sugar Pine Trail and Bobcat Point Trails loop in Sequoia National Park Kaweah Vista Crescent Creek hike from Crescent Meadow
Isn't it comforting to know that even in the Giant Forest, the most visited area of Sequoia National Park, you can still find a wonderful trail where you might not bump into another hiker? Starting from the busy parking area at Crescent Meadow, Sugar Pine Trail heads away from that beautiful sequoia-lined meadow to seek out other interesting natural features away from the big trees. The... Read more.
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Tagged with · Giant Forest · Morteros · National Parks
Distance: 1.5 miles · Elevation change: 250 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 12, 2018
Kumeyaay Indian Village Site Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Native American morteros location to visit
Labeled simply as the Village Site on park maps, the Kumeyaay Village in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is an easy to visit location where Native Americans lived for thousands of years. Take a short stroll around a pile of boulders along Mine Wash Road and spot grinding holes among the rocks. A sign at the Kumeyaay Village reads: Native desert people have been attracted to the cave of... Read more.
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Turtle Rock Chorro Trail Morro Bay State Park San Luis Obispo hike California Morro Estuary Los Osos
If you are looking for an easy 45-minute hike to the top of a pimple of a hill between two of San Luis Obispo's Nine Sisters, take Chorro Trail to Turtle Rock in Morro Bay State Park. This 2.1-mile round trip hike begins with views of the estuary feeding Morro Bay and ends atop a small rise between Black Hill and Cerro Cabrillo. There is only 200 feet of elevation gain along the way, making... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Morro Bay · Morro Bay State Park · Morteros · Ocean Views
Distance: 2.1 miles · Elevation change: 200 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 20, 2017
Eagle Rock Nature Trail Loop El Chorro regional Park hike San Luis Obispo Morro Bay Highway One
Along Highway One between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, is a regional park with over 700 acres of land that were formerly part of Camp San Luis. The versatile El Chorro Regional Park sports a 63-site campground, a botanical garden, playground, picnic area, dog park, volleyball courts, ball fields, and Dairy Creek Golf Course. Additionally, the park hosts a 2.4-mile loop to Eagle Rock... Read more.
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Tagged with · El Chorro Regional Park · Free Trails · Morteros · Nature Trails
Distance: 2.4 miles · Elevation change: 450 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 20, 2017
Morteros Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
This short gradual 0.6-mile round trip hike ascends to an area of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that was once inhabited by Kumeyaay Indians. The Kumeyaay left behind morteros, grinding bowls carved into large boulders along the trail. These Native Americans used the circular morteros over 2,000 years ago to grind local nuts and seeds into meal. From the well-marked trailhead above Blair... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Julian · Morteros
Distance: 0.6 miles · Elevation change: 40 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 27, 2017

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