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Sequoia National Park Hospital Rock Pictures, Southwest Native Americans

Updated on December 20, 2017
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Hospital Rock area in Sequoia National Park
Hospital Rock area in Sequoia National Park | Source

A Stop Worth Making!

When one thinks of visiting Sequoia National Park one's thoughts (for most people) probably wander towards thinking of the grandeur of the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range where the magnificent giant sequoias and surrounding forested areas are located. Surely that is one main enticing reason to visit the park! Hospital Rock and the fact of Southwest Native Americans camping there for possibly as long as one thousand years or more might be overlooked by many.

Hospital Rock is located near Foothills Visitor Center Park Headquarters of Sequoia National Park which is near Three Rivers, California. Three Rivers lies at an elevation of 857 feet (261 meters) above sea level. Entrance at this point is from the west at approximately the midpoint of Sequoia National Park.

Traveling the zig-zagging meandering roads through Sequoia National Park and the adjacent Kings Canyon National Park to the north, be certain that whatever vehicle one is driving is in tip top shape. The gears and brakes of each vehicle will certainly be put through one's paces with the elevation changes!

Hospital Rock

The elevation at Hospital Rock is around 3,000 feet above sea level.

My traveling companion and I were coming down from much higher elevations when we decided to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch at Hospital Rock. A good parking area and quite a few picnic tables are provided and the setting is not only beautiful, but interesting and historic as well.

Where did Hospital Rock get its name? Supposedly a bear trapper by the name of James Everton got accidentally shot when working around one of his traps and used that area to recover.

It was an area that Indians had utilized over the centuries prior to the white man making his way west and discovering the pretty setting which provided a source of shelter, food and a nearby water source from the Kaweah River. Mostly utilized in the winter months the Indians who called this area home would have moved higher up into the mountains where it was cooler in the scorching summertime heat.

Wildflowers seen at Hospital Rock
Wildflowers seen at Hospital Rock | Source

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Great picnic spot at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park
Great picnic spot at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park | Source

Stone Pestle and Mortar Holes at Hospital Rock

There was a sign at the location of Hospital Rock showing an Indian woman identified as "Jane Whaley, a Wobonuch (one of the Monache tribes) using a boulder pestle in a bedrock mortar."

Additional information on the sign stated the following: "With a stone pestle weighing five to ten pounds, Indian women pounded and ground whole acorns into meal in these mortar holes. Most western tribes depended on one primary source of food. In this area it was acorns. Before acorn meal can be safely eaten, it must be leached to get rid of poisonous tannin. Hot water was poured over the acorn meal in a leaf-lined sand pit until the meal no longer tasted bitter."

As one can easily see from the photo that I took at this Hospital Rock site there were many such holes in the rocks of this area. Just think of the countless hours the Indian women would have been sitting cross-legged grinding those acorns into a usable meal for baking bread.

Those of us who purchase our flour, corn meal and the like have it easy compared to native peoples who had no such conveniences but rather had to live off of what the land provided.

Mortar holes in the bedrock made by Indians grinding acorns at Hospital Rock.
Mortar holes in the bedrock made by Indians grinding acorns at Hospital Rock. | Source

Indian Pictographs

Some beautiful vivid red pictographs (also known as rock paintings) created by resident American Indians are easily viewed at Hospital Rock. Whatever materials were utilized in painting these rocks has certainly stood the test of time! What story do they tell us of the past?

Indian pictographs found at Hospital Rock
Indian pictographs found at Hospital Rock | Source

Civilian Conservation Corps

During the Great Depression hundreds of thousands of people got some temporary employment by working for a government agency called the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It was all a part of President Roosevelt's New Deal and many improvements were made on publicly owned land.

At Hospital Rock a trail was built to a nearby waterfall on the Kaweah River making it possible for more people to see this beautiful area. This is but one very small example of the type of work executed by the CCC.

Rock Climbing

This can also be done at the Hospital Rock area within Sequoia National Park. My friend and I were satisfied merely viewing the sites and enjoying our picnic the day of our visit.

Kaweah River

The video below shows the fun kayakers can have along this Hospital Rock portion of the Kaweah River. It certainly looks like it would make for a wet, wild and exciting time!

Names of Indian Tribes

Those who have left behind evidence of their residence at Hospital Rock include the following Indian tribes:

  • Western Mono (Monache)
  • Tubatulabal
  • and Paiutes (all of which are considered to be Shoshonean)
  • plus the occasional visit from the Yokuts.

When the white man was moving west and settling in nearby areas in the mid-1800s they brought with them some unwelcome diseases. The Indians had no natural defenses against diseases such as smallpox, scarlet fever or measles and because of this their numbers were decimated.

It was not always warfare and massacres that killed the Native Americans although that certainly played a part.

Hospital Rock - a granite rock formation and archaeological site, located in Sequoia National Park & Sierra Nevada, California. The archaeological site, in the Three Rivers−Ash Mountain Entrance region, is on the National Register of Historic Places
Hospital Rock - a granite rock formation and archaeological site, located in Sequoia National Park & Sierra Nevada, California. The archaeological site, in the Three Rivers−Ash Mountain Entrance region, is on the National Register of Historic Places | Source

Summary

If you find yourself visiting Sequoia National Park, see where some Southwest Native Americans liked to spend time at Hospital Rock and plan to take a picnic lunch. We did and were very glad to have seen this beautiful area.

VIEW OF HOSPITAL ROCK, FACING WEST - Generals Highway, Three Rivers, Tulare County, CA
VIEW OF HOSPITAL ROCK, FACING WEST - Generals Highway, Three Rivers, Tulare County, CA | Source
Hospital Rock - Generals Highway, Three Rivers, Tulare County, CA
Hospital Rock - Generals Highway, Three Rivers, Tulare County, CA | Source

Would you take the time to visit Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park if you had the chance?

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      Wishing you a wonderful new year ahead also! Those trees and other sights in Sequoia and the adjacent Kings Canyon are magnificent. It is worth the effort to visit them in person if at all possible. It sounds as though you are surrounded by natural beauty where you live. So nice!

      Yes, I am certain that this Hospital Rock area was a very special place for the native Americans.

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      Susie Lehto 

      19 months ago from Minnesota

      Hospital Rock must have great spiritual meaning to the ancients and for those who believe the legends to be true. I have always wanted to see Sequoia National Park but I just have never cared to travel that far to see huge beautiful trees. I have big timber all around me but nothings so grand.

      I enjoyed your tour, Peggy.

      Happy New Year!

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Au fait,

      Appreciate the support. Glad that you liked this especially since you have seen these areas for yourself. :)

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      This is indeed a National Park well worth visiting. I've been there and the Sequoia trees are magnificent. Gave you 5 more stars, voted up and BAUI, pinned on my 'Travel' board, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello joanveronica,

      So glad that you enjoyed this hub regarding the Hospital

      Rock area within Yosemite National Park. It is interesting learning about the native Indian presence from times past. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 

      6 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Loved this Hub. Voted up, etc. also shared.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello texasgirlfw,

      Hope that you get to see Hospital Rock and all of Sequoia National Park someday. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      texasgirlfw 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. I want to go there.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Naomi's Banner,

      Thanks for the votes and your comment on this Hospital Rock area within Sequoia National Park. Appreciate it!

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      Naomi's Banner 

      7 years ago from United States

      Beautiful pictures and awesome videos! I vote this Hub up and awesome!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Sequoia National Park is a beauty. Glad that I could introduce you to it via this hub. Thanks for your comment.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had never heard "Sequoia National Park" before. But from your description and the pictures above, I believe this place was so amazing to visit. Thank you very much for always sharing the beautiful place. Only Peggy can do this...well done, my friend. Vote it up! have a nice weekend. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      I think that National Parks always offer so much in the way of natural beauty and interest and Sequoia National Park was no exception to the rule. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      As usual a fabulous Hub Peggy. You have visited some great places.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      That Hospital Rock area of Sequoia National Park is beautiful. Glad that you could see it this way but hope that you get to enjoy it in person someday. You would love it! Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great hub and interesting history of the Hospital Rock. Lots of beautiful photos and videos. Congrats on getting selected for your hubpage contest. Awesome.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Happy to be able to introduce this interesting spot of the Hospital Rock area within Sequoia National Park to you. Thanks for your comment.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Peggy, for your wonderful article with so many interesting details. Great job, well done.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi akirchner,

      No problem. I don't remember you asking and was not even aware that I was nominated until a fellow hubber congratulated me and another said that she voted for me. I'm not that active on FB and don't have a chance at winning. Congratulations to you! It appears that you do have many FB fans who have voted for you. Well deserved!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Gosh - what an idiot - I think I asked you to vote for me and you were in the contest, too - this Facebook thing/part has me all out of whack!

      Excellent choice and a BEAUTIFUL place - we named our cat after Tenaya Lake where we camped (I actually did a hub on the horrible camping experience I had there...I should say Bob did)...and our current 10-year-old malamute is Denaya - kinda sorta after our fond memories of that wonderful place!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lisa,

      The CCC did some major highway projects, bridges, dams, etc. as well as smaller jobs like this trail in the Hospital Rock area of Sequoia National Park. Many of their efforts back then are still being appreciated today. Glad that you found this interesting! You'll soon be traveling to an area that I have yet to see. Can't wait to see your photos! Thanks for your comment.

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      Lisa H. 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful! Really gives me the travel "bug". Your mention of the CCC for constructing trails, etc. was really interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Ruby H Rose,

      I really enjoyed the entire experience visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks. They are all so close to one another that if visitors are going there and have the time, they might just as well see them all. Almost forgot Joshua Tree NP. California is blessed! When you say you are going back, do you mean literally? Thanks for your comment.

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      7 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Great Hub! Beautiful pics. I LOVE the trees and parks around there, on my way back...

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      The Indian pictographs at Hospital Rock are absolutely amazing! Sequoia National Park is truly a feast for the eyes and senses. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      billyaustindillon 

      7 years ago

      I loved the ancient Indian painting and water and trees in nature are just so tranquil - thanks again for enlightening us some more Peggy

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Happyboomernurse,

      Thanks! Appreciate it! It is an honor to even be mentioned as there are so many good writers here on HubPages turning out great hubs.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Congrats on making one of the 14 in the Share Alike Contest. I just logged onto Facebook and voted for this hub. Good luck.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello danfresnourban,

      Haha! I welcome your visit to Texas! There is plenty to cover here! You are lucky to live in such a gorgeous part of the country...with Sequoia National Park being only 40 minutes from your house. Wow! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Crobin28,

      Guess I should check my emails! I was unaware that I had won anything. Thanks for the heads up and happy that you enjoyed this hub about the Hospital Rock area in Sequoia National Park. Thanks for your comment.

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      danfresnourban 

      7 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Peggy, great coverage of an area about 40 minutes from my house. Now I have to go to Texas and coverage someplace there. Thanks for sharing.

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      Crobin28 

      7 years ago from Pelham, Alabama

      Congrats on being a winner for the first round!! Great HUB! You deserved to be a winner! I just love your pictures as well! So beautiful!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      I agree with you. That part of California with all the national parks is spectacular. Glad that you found this one about Hospital Rock and the history of Indians there interesting. Thanks for your comment.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the history of the beautiful area and this is a very interesting hub. I loved visiting that area of the country.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Movie Master,

      Glad that you enjoyed seeing the photo that I took of the pictograph at Hospital Rock inside of Sequoia National Park. Have another hub regarding Sequoia NP just about ready to publish. Thanks for your comment.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, this is more than a hub, it felt like I'd been on holiday! just packed full of interesting facts about hospital rock, I thought the kayak video was awesome and I was amazed at the clarity of the pictograph the colour is still quite vivid! thank you so much for sharing this one and I will look forward to more of Sequoia.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks dahoglund for the compliment on the Crater Lake photo advertising another hub. It AND the entire article was stolen and published on another site at one time. After many complaints on my part, it was finally taken down. The nerve of some people!!!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      That picture of Crater Lake is especially nice. I like the way you used the tree in the foreground.Up and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eiddwen,

      Such a lovely comment! Glad you liked this hub about Hospital Rock. Will be showing you more of Sequoia in future hubs.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Happyboomernurse,

      Hospital Rock is just a small area within the beautiful Sequoia National Park but one certainly worth visiting especially if it is time for a picnic lunch. What could be better than having a picnic in such a setting? Thanks for the first comment and votes up. :))

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Simply beautiful and awesome Peggy !!

      you have the art of breathing feelings into your words and combined with those amazing pictures .Wow !!!

      Keep them coming and take care,

      Eiddwen.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Because of the beautiful photos and interesting facts about the region this hub felt like a guided tour of Hospital Rock. Thanks so much for sharing this information. Voted up, useful, awesome and beautiful.

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