The Front Door to the Indian Caves
Albertson Motorway Trailhead
Look to the right, Chumash Village (From the Museum)
Large black birds above were crowing; I kawed back
Trail junction 0.4 miles in turn left; you'll go up and away from the rock
0.9 miles to the top, turn right on the single track trail...
SNAKE! Two days in a row!!!
I don't think this was a rattler, like yesterday, but the guy didn't move and I didn't want to force him. Rather than take my chances jumping, I turned back. It's ok, I had a back up plan. --A backward plan? (Inside Joke). I headed back to the main trail after traveling about 0.5 miles extra. I didn't consider this a waste because the flowers were colorful along the route but my camera phone has real low resolution so it wasn't worth uploading. At the main trail, the overlook beyond joined up with the Autumn Ridge Trail, which I hiked on Day 51
Autumn Ridge & Sunrise Trail Connector
This is a four way intersection. Loop around to the right to head back towards the mysterious Indian Caves. You are on a trail known as "Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail". Juan Bautista de Anza lived in the 18th century and hiked 1210 miles from Yuma Mexico to San Francisco. He is best known for leading groups of people to settle the Monterey area and lived the last 12 years of his life as governor of New Mexico. I've linked a couple websites for quick reads and trail history:
Rejoining the Albertson Motorway ahead, but first go down...
The earth moves here...
to the left of this tree, dirt continuously fell every few seconds
(Imagine 50 years ago, this tree's roots were completely covered)
So there it is; the Indian Caves are just beyond that fence!
I respected the sign and did not trespass. Somewhere beyond this huge rock are pictographs from the Chumash Indians. Amazing geology here and I will pay the money to take the tour! If you look up and to the right on the picture above, the near distant peak is where I was yesterday. From being up there, it is possible to scramble the rock to reach the upper face of this one. There are no signs up there to say "Stay Out" but I wouldn't recommend searching for the caves. From the Albertson Trail, there are two blocked off sections to gain entrance. I walked the "Closed to Public" posting right in front of this rock but it lead to a locked fence.
Meanwhile, as you hike back, the trail will fork. I tried the lower fork and right away I realized there was a fence, so I wandered back up. The area is accessible from the Museum. I will need to return to hike the entire section between Albertson & Oakbrook Vista. It does not connect to either because of the fence.
What's wrong with my foot? 9 days until my 20-mile overnight hike. A group of guys, myself and my son will be taking on the Willet Hot Springs next weekend. Not much elevation but with the heavy back pack, water crossings, and my son, it will be a challenge! I bought new shoes for only the 2nd time since I started this blog. I guess my foot is not taking well to them, but I switched up the gels and anticipate full return of my foot soon. It's all purple again, oh well, I'll hobble!