Mine Wash Trail Loop

Mine wash village site is a Native American Village occupied during the late prehistoric period.  Presence of the Kumeyaay American Indians is evident throughout the area and it is important to take special care when exploring the former village site.  Interpretive displays provide a nice overview, and additional trail information can be found HERE.  Throughout the village site there are numerous moteros and it is easy to allow your mind to wander back in time to envision this once very active Kumeyaay community.  The road back to the village site is suitable for most 2WD vehicles however extra clearance will be appreciated.  If you choose to park just off of HWY78, there is a clearing for multiple cars near a park maintained bathroom.  From there it is a nice 2 mile hike to the village site.  Consider hiking further east along the wash to where the road passes over the Pinyon mountains and connects with the California Riding and Hiking Trail in Shelter Valley.  This makes for a nice out and back day hike or overnight trip to Blair Valley. Please tread lightly as you explore this culturally sensitive area.