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HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Pteroglyph hike/scramble - San Diego Mtns on 03/13/2011 19:42:08 MDT Print View

Last minute call to go on "hike" - idea from summitpost. Got stopped a couple times by the border patrol but not problem. Then realized there's not really a trail. Enjoy the pics...
The way there no trail maintenance reqd<
Off the arroyo floor to look at some of the petroglyphs ...
Afraid of heights
Have to scramble for pteroglyphs
flat rock  snakes and swimming man
Looks like mayan influences but I'm not sure
even more mayan

flaming head

More mayan

Looks like Mayan influences
Bullseye
bullseye or Sedona vortex?img Looks like a king or tribal leader
Looks like the BK king

We reluctantly left to bag the peak; required vista picture ...Required vista picture
Decided to descend "where no man has gone before" and found out why no man has gone there before. Blocked out by a 40 ft escarpment until we found a game trail - basically "skied" down ....
One way down


Safety considerations: Even though it's just March, carrying 5L of water for the day (1L was electrolyte solution) was just about right as no water is available. Maybe some approach shoes would be better than trailrunners; rocks pressed against the fabric part of uppers, though the leather part was fine, as was the Vibram sole. Also some "hikes" really require bringing leather climbing gloves and maybe a helmet if there's potential for serious scrambling.

Edited by hknewman on 03/13/2011 21:08:18 MDT.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Re: Pteroglyph hike/scramble - San Diego Mtns on 03/17/2011 16:59:33 MDT Print View

HK,
Where's is this place in San Diego looks like campo or Anza Borrego area to me. The "bulls eye" Pteroglyph look like a weathered "man and the maze" Pteroglphy. A few look like modern one added to the old ones. You might be able to get some one in the Kumeyaay tribe to tell you what they mean and which ones are valid.
I put a few a links at the bottom to see if any match up with yours. I like finding Indian relics but I just look don't touch. I went to high school with some pala and pauma valley indians and they would taking me hiking in North san diego county.

I hiked to the top of Mt. Tecate once and was detained at the top by two army soldiers bivouac up their with scopes looking for drug traffickers.
They had a border patrol officer pick me up we picked up two Tecate youth ditching school hiking to the top. The officer told me Mt. Tecate and other place in our desert are regarded as sacred place by the local indigenous people of mexico. They come up to worship he was also showing me all the little trails that they caught drug traffickers in on the ride back down to Tecate. He was good guy we pulled up to the border he let the youth out on the mexico side did not even process them.

http://www.americanindiansource.com/tecate.html
http://www.kumeyaay.info/indian_rock_art.html?http%3A//www.kumeyaay.info/museums/rock_art/yoni.html
http://www.petroglyphs.us/index.htm
Have fun,
Terry