VENTANA WILD RIVERS PROPOSAL
“Hands” Inside a cave in a narrow canyon near Tassajara The vault of rock is painted with hands, A multitude of hands in the twilight, a cloud of men’s palms, no more, No other picture. There’s no one to say Whether the brown shy quiet people who are dead intended Religion or magic, or made their tracings In the idleness of art; but over the division of years these careful Signs-manual are now like a sealed message Saying: "Look: we also were human; we had hands, not paws. All hail You people with cleverer hands, our supplanters In the beautiful country: enjoy her a season, her beauty, and come down And be supplanted; for you also are human." — Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) Church Creek also has outstanding Native American cultural values. Archeological studies of rock shelters along the creek show that the area was a refuge for the Esselen Tribe following the arrival of Spanish Missionaries. Church Creek’s incredible sandstone formations – remnants of a seafloor formed millions of years ago – create large overhangs, many of which were used by the Tribe as shelters. Most notably, a cave overlooking Church Creek has “hand” rock paintings estimated to be hundreds of years old. The cave and its rock paintings were celebrated in Robinson Jeffer’s poem, “Hands.” Recreation – Both creeks provides popular loop trail connections to routes leading to the Big Sur and Carmel Rivers. Comments: Most of Tassajara Creek flows through public lands. There is one small private inholding encompassing the Tassajara Zen Center. Designation would not affect access to or use of the Zen Center. Church Creek has one private inholding that consists of the Bruce Church Ranch. Designation would not affect access to the ranch or its operations.
Source to the confluence with the unnamed tributary flowing in from the north in sec. 13, T19S, R3E Unnamed tributary confluence in sec. 13 to the
confluence of the unnamed tributary flowing in from the east in sec. 24, T19S, R3E Unnamed tributary confluence in sec. 24 to the confluence with Tassajara Creek
Source in the Ventana Wilderness to Tassajara Hot Springs boundary Creek segment within the Tassajara Hot Springs private property boundary Tassajara Hot Springs boundary to the Arroyo Seco River confluence