Rankin Park Overlook1 bedrock mortar.Elevation 295 ft.The largest Indian village early Spanish explorers encountered was probably Carquin. There was a major Carquin village in Crockett on whose site Thomas Edwards constructed the “Old Homestead,” California Historic Landmark #731. This site, needless to say, was not a major one.Jim looks down at the Rankin Park mortar.
Ryan’s Hideaway24 bedrock mortars.This site is named in honor of Ryan the Cowboy, who has kicked us off the ridge several times when we accidentally strayed onto private property.Being tucked away in a little hollow amid sheltering trees gives this site a “hideaway” feel. Look for more mortars on and around the little hill that […]
Charcoal Road — Saratoga16 bedrock mortars in a nice ridgeline setting.Elevation 2516 ft.One of three sites Joel uncovered in a single day.Just some rocks in the woods–or so it seems.A closer look at the main mortar rock.Check out this video by Alexander Kerekes of several sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains including Charcoal Road.
Hill 14244 bedrock mortars, partial stacked rock rectangle, and other rock alignments.This site is named for its elevation, which is marked on the topographic map that covers Walpert Ridge.There’s a rockwall enclosure here, although it’s hard to make out in places. Perhaps some of it has been removed or buried.This prayer circle is nearby. Bob […]
Lower Deer Valley14 bedrock mortars.Elevation 495 ft.Way to go Jaime!Looking at the site. The mortar rocks in this little camp lie just off the Stewartville Trail near Sand Creek in Black Diamond Mines Regional Park.Bob looks down at one of the mortar rocks.These bullet-shaped mortars are deep and reminiscent of the ones found at China […]
Sindicich Lagoon1 bedrock mortar and 2 suspects below Sindicich Lagoon.Elevation 1172 ft.We hiked Briones Regional Park for years before discovering this site. There is a distinct large depression on the top of the little hill above this mortar..A closeup of this no-doubt-about-it specimen.Photograph by Bob Bardell.