Rock Point HPS
Thomas Mountain P1K HPS
Rouse Hill P500 HPS
Lookout Mountain P500 HPS
Little Cahuilla Mountain P500 HPS
Cahuilla Mountain P1K HPS

Sun, Apr 19, 2009

With: Tom Becht

Rock Point
Thomas Mountain
Rouse Hill
Lookout Mountain
Little Cahuilla Mountain
Cahuilla Mountain
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Little Cahuilla Mountain (5,042 ft.)

"Named in honor of the Cahuilla Indians, as is Cahuilla Mountain 2.5 miles southeast. "Cahuilla" means "master" in the Takic dialect of Uto-Aztecan. Their migration legends tell that they came from the north (ca.600?) via the San Jacinto Mountains. They were known trading partners with the somewhat more sophisticated Gabriele&ntilede;o and Chumash to the north and served as middlemen with the warlike Mojave Indians to the east. The Apapatcem clan traditionally lived at a village known as "Saupalpa" that was 5 miles southeast of this mountain. Although related to the LuiseƱos, the Cahuilla were never absorbed into the brutal Mission system, and so they survived intact as a group with strong ceremonial capacity and military ability. Members of the five Cauhilla clans united under the leadership of Juan Antonio and moved north to aid Antonio Maria Lugo defend his holdings against Mojave raids (1846). Another leader, "Cabezon" (a Spanish nickname which means "fathead") also joined in alliance with the Californios. This permitted a degree of autonomy for their people as a whole. They sided with the Californios during the Mexican-American War, and fought a number of battles with their traditional enemies the LuiseƱ"os- who didn't. Despite depredations by Americans in the 1850's, the Cahuilla prospered until the measles and smallpox epidemics of the 1860's. Their remnants were moved to their present day Reservation by order of President Grant (1875).

Name was originally misspelled as "Coahuila" on USGS topo and on the original HPS Peak List.

USGS bench mark on summit reads "Coa".

Name first appears on the AMS Hemet topo (1942).

Name officially accepted by USBGN (1963).

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List."

- HPS Summit Signatures

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For more information see these SummitPost pages: Thomas Mountain - Rouse Hill - Lookout Mountain - Little Cahuilla Mountain - Cahuilla Mountain

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