Fish Springs Site II

Round Trip Distance: 0.4 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 3976 - 3993 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Tinemaha Cutoff Rd.
Fee: none
Attractions: petroglyphs

Fish Springs Site II is the second of four petroglyph sites that are located along the Tinemaha cutoff road about 7 miles south of Big Pine, California. Each site has a varying number of images that were pecked upon basalt boulders.

To get there from Big Pine head south on US-395 for 4.8 miles and turn right onto the Fish Springs Road. Continue for 2.1 miles and go right onto the Tinemaha Road cutoff. Continue for another 3 tenths of a mile and turn right onto a dirt 4wd road that is just past a low basalt hill. Immediately after turning off of the Tinemaha Road is the trailhead for Site III. After parking walk back along the pavement toward a small basalt outcrop that is less than 300 feet east of the road.

At Site II there isn't anything in the way of panels of images but mostly images scattered here and there upon the rocks.

These can be found where the rock is smoother compared to the more porous vesicular surfaces.

Many of the images that are on the upward facing side of the rocks are worn and faded. It is hard to tell whether this was an image of 3 serpents or merely a geometrical pattern.

More worn upward facing images.

Images on the sides of the rocks show a different type of wearing. A few of those, this one being an exception, still show up very well.

More images can be found lower on the north side of the basalt outcrop or little hill.

Using Site III as the trailhead for Site II is convenient as it saves moving your vehicle around. There are no regular pull offs near the site, although a person could probably find a flat enough spot to get off of the pavement. As light traffic can be expected it's probably safer and better for everyone if you park at Site III where you will be well out of the way. While in the area Fish Springs Site II is worth taking a little time to visit and consider along with the other 3 sites. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.