Sunday, March 14, 2010

Indian Grinding Rock Historic State Park


 

The Indian Grinding Rock Historic State Park is located in Pine Grove Ca. on Hiway 88 between Jackson and Volcano ... While we were visiting my father in-law up in Jackson this weekend I spent some time on the lap top researching places to hike...
 I basically just put in  " Hiking in Jackson Ca. " on Google and I got many ideas for hiking in that area...The Indian Grinding Rock  was on the list as well as Volcano ,Daffodill Hill,and Black Chasm Caverns...
We enjoyed all of these attractions but the recreated  Mi-Wok Indian village and Round House area surrounded by all the ancient oaks  and the huge flat rock covered with grinding holes was a really cool place to hike around in ...
The largest flat rock area is over 170 feet wide and there are over 1800 grinding  holes spread  out across it...
With just a little imagination one can easily see an entire village of the  Mi-Wok spread out  across the rock grinding the Acorn meal into these holes with rock pestles ...
The Mi-Wok Indians also enjoyed games similar to our sports  that were played on a field ...
Many different types of games were played on this field  including a game that was much like our football ...
The main trail leading through the Mi-Wok  park was actually a paved  Mi-side-Wok   which is what I decided to call it ...
There were also other  trails available  leading off the Mi-Side-Wok  and  way out into an ancient oak knoll  that is home to some of the largest and oldest  moss covered oaks that I have ever seen ... These are truly some of  the mightiest Oaks in California ...

The large trees in this park are estimated to be around three hundred years old ...
Some of the biggest ones however could easily be as old as four to five hundred years old ... Here is a good example of the size of one of these moss covered  giants ...
The California Mi-Wok tribe has worked closely with the park service in the authentic recreation of these sacred lands ...
Pictured here is a replica of a Mi-Wok Round House  ...A gathering place of the First Peoples of California ... Long before the white man came to these hills in search of gold driving the Mi-Wok from their homeland where they had lived successfully for centuries the Mi-Wok tribe met in places just  like this for spiritual ceremonies and other gatherings... The huge Chaw-Se Round House shown here was recreated here in 1974 and is still used for regional tribal ceremonies and also social events ...
This is a wonderful recreation of an ancient Mi-Wok village nestled beneath these giant mossy oaks down by the creek  ...


The Indian Grinding Rock Historic State Park is definitely one of the places to see in California ... Being of Native American descent myself I have always found the California Indians interesting ... This was definitely a great hike as well as a memorably educational cultural experience for myself as well as my family ...

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