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Hospital Rock

Three Rivers, California USA

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“see Native American petroglyphs”

Hospital Rock is a large quartzite rock in Sequoia National Park, located just off of the Generals Highway, on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River. Hospital Rock was once home to 500 Potwisha Native Americans. Archaeological evidence shows settlement as early as 1350, and bedrock mortar sites and petroglyphs remain. The Native Americans mostly used this site in the winter months. In 1860, Hale Tharp and his brother-in-law, John Swanson, were exploring the Giant Forest when Swanson sustained an injury to his leg. Swanson was transported to the locale where the injury was treated by local Indians. Hale Tharp gave the spot its name after a second similar incident. In 1873, James Everton recovered from a gunshot wound at the site. He had been injured by a shotgun snare set to trap bear. Hospital Rock is a public archaeological site that now features a parking lot and picnic area. A short trail was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps that leads to a waterfall nearby.

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Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 3.0

It's just a short walk to the riverbank, but be careful as you approach because it can be slippery. The main cause of death at Sequoia National Park is drowning, so watch the little ones.

There's also lots of ticks, poison oak, bears, and rattlesnakes. So, be aware of your surroundings. Hospital Rock is a great place to enjoy a picnic.

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August 01, 2021
Rated 5.0

Absolutely amazing waterfalls and swimming holes! The road to this spot is winding and narrow but so worth the drive. Follow the small brown sign that says "trail" and it'll lead you down to the swimming area. Was a wonderful day

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Anthony Arata

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August 14, 2020
Rated 3.0

I guess it’s worth seeing because of the history. There are some glyphs on the side of the rock so that’s kinda cool

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May 05, 2015

It's worth a stop because it's such a short walk-like seriously, stop, it'll take less than three minutes to walk there. It's pretty neat!

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Hospital Rock

Three Rivers, California
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