Hospital Rock

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Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park is a historically significant site with both Native American petroglyphs and inscriptions left by early Euro-American settlers. The petroglyphs, dating back thousands of years, depict symbols and provide insight into the cultural practices of indigenous communities. The site served as a gathering place for Native American tribes and holds cultural importance. Additionally, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the rock features historical graffiti from pioneers and travelers, offering a glimpse into the westward expansion history. The name "Hospital Rock" likely originated from its use as a base camp, possibly as a temporary hospital during a military expedition in the 1870s.

(Photo by Julieta Mora)

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Hikes • History