San Pedro Martir is the most remote and difficult to reach
mission on the peninsula. At 5,080 feet above sea level, reaching the mission
requires 2 days of backpacking, from the nearest road. In 2004, Jack Swords and
other Baja enthusiasts reached the mission, with guides from the Meling Ranch.
GPS: 30°47'24.3" 115°28'20.9"
Originally founded 7 miles north at La Grulla meadow, at an elevation of 6,800 feet. The mission was moved here after just 3 months because of the cold. Photo by Jack Swords (copyright)
Stone walls and foundation stones remain along with some
scattered tile chips to show the mission site. Photo by Jack Swords (copyright)
Had it not been for a fire some weeks before these photos
were taken, much of these ruins would be hidden from view. Photo by Jack Swords
2004 photo by Jack Swords (copyright)
1955 photo by Howard Gulick at nearly the same spot as the
2004 photo, above.
1926 mission plan by Peveril Meigs