Deep in the desert lays an ancient seasonal Kumeyaay village, dating back over 2,000 years ago. Here you can find morteros carved into boulders that were once used to prepare their meals.
The Kumeyaay would spend winters in this region, collecting and processing pinyon nuts, mesquite beans, and desert agave. Because there is a pictograph here I am not disclosing the wherabouts to the general public.
Photos & experience by Ian Townsend:
This is a short but awesome hike surrounded by giant hills and boulders guarding the remnants of an old Kumeyaay village, held in silence by the sun and rain. We could still hear their voices echoing throughout the valley, coming and going with the wind, hinting at their eternal presence with a vast display of rainbows all throughout the day.
We definitely did not feel alone out there…
My daughter Vanessa hiking the trail towards Morteros sites. Trying to give a scale to the boulders. She’s 5’1”.:
When you get to the site, the actual Morteros are numbered 1-8.
These will help you find all the spots where the Kumeyaay used to grind their gatherings of Piñon Nuts, agave and mesquite beans:
Follow the arrows to stay on the trail and find all of the Mortero sites:
Found this pictograph behind one of the boulders I was climbing.
Lots of Bouldering opportunities all around us:
Really wanted to keep going on the Morteros trail, but we still had one more spot to go to….
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