Hunter Mountain is a forested gem in an ocean of hot dry desert – at an elevation of 7,140 feet, the temperatures are cooler, there is more game, as well as an abundance of water.
The Timbisha Shoshone, at one time inhabited the valleys below – Saline, Hidden, Racetrack – as well as Lee Flat. Hunter Mountain itself was also utilized for both summer and winter camps. To the Timbisha, Hunter Mountain is a sacred hunting ground, a place that they once gathered at for communal rabbit and antelope hunts. The mountain’s vegetation also provided the material needed to make baskets.
Because of this sacred bond with the mountain, it only makes sense that there would “rock art” sites scattered throughout the mountain side.
One of these sites is located at Jackass Spring – a very easy to reach site and it is clearly visible from Hunter Mountain Road. The site is small, containing roughly two dozen designs – pecked on a granite outcropping.