Above Mission Peak Meadow
Mortar Count: 2
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Blue Rock Springs Park — North
Blue Rock Springs Park — South
Chinese Tree of Heaven
Mortar Count: 18
Open
Los Vaqueros Log Cabin Village
Mortar Count: 60
Open
Mid-Walpert Village
Mortar Count: 32
Open
North Knoll, Chinese Tree of Heaven
Mortar Count: 12
Open
Observation Hill
Rockville Trails Village
Mortar Count: 34
Open
Rocky Ridge
Mortar Count: 10
Open
South Mission Peak
Southern Rocky Ridge
Mortar Count: 14
Open
Stone Corral
Mortar Count: 33
Open
Sunol Ridge, North of Prayer Circle
Sunol Ridge, South of Prayer Circle
Volmer Peak Rock Wall
Walpert Ridge Lookout
Mortar Count: 19
Open
White Hill

Feature: Rock Wall

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Los Vaqueros Log Cabin Village

Los Vaqueros Log Cabin Village.60 bedrock mortars, 4 cupules, 4 slicks, and probably historic rock walls.Elevation 515 ft.Like the Pond Village, the Log Cabin Village found its year-round water in nearby Adobe Creek, but in the winter, water is typically abundant in seasonal tributaries like this one.Looking back toward the Log Cabin, which, alas, is […]

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Mid-Walpert Village

Mid-Walpert Village32 bedrock mortars, rock wall alignments, numerous cupules and grinding slicks.A low, stacked-rock rectangle on a slope just below the crest of Walpert Ridge dominates this site. Could it have been a sheepherder’s corral? What, for paralyzed sheep? So who would have stacked these rocks if not the Yrgin residents of the small village […]

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Walpert Ridge Lookout

Walpert Ridge Lookout19 bedrock mortars.Many are worn and chipped, giving the apppearance of age.The lookout.The view north and east from here is as impressive as the one to the west. This hill can be identified from many locations in the East Bay.Looking toward Mission Peak. Note the stacked rock wall probably constructed in historic times.Two […]

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North Knoll, Chinese Tree of Heaven

North Knoll, Chinese Tree of Heaven12 bedrock mortars, probable housepitsA crudely stacked rock wall protects a small campsite.One should secure permission before visiting this site.

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White Hill

White Hillsttacked rock walls forming an obtuse angle.Elevation 1128 ft.The park ranger who checked up on us while we were exploring the wall claimed the original land grantee had Indian laborers construct it. “The Miwok didn’t build walls,” he assured us. The wall marks part of the boundary between the San Geronimo and Punta de […]

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Observation Hill

Observation HillOval rock wall surrounding a flattened hilltop.Elevation 1191 ft.Observation Hill was obliterated in 2012.Observation Hill offered breathtaking panoramic views. It was a real power spot.The top of Observation Hill.Photograph by Bob Bardell.Volume 2 of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the replacement of Calaveras Dam (a 563 page PDF) classified this stone wall as […]

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Rockville Trails Village

Rockville Trails Village34 bedrock mortarsElevation 534 ft.The Solano Land Trust saved the Rockville Trails property, which includes this village, from being transformed into a massive housing development. Thank you.There are miles and miles of stacked rock walls in and around Rockville. One of these walls snakes over the hills in the center of this photograph.Heading […]

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Rocky Ridge

Rocky Ridge10 bedrock mortars along an inspirational ridge line.Rock wall alignment.Elevation 1960 ft.Forget the bedrock mortars and rock wall. Hike up to Rocky Ridge for the views. Sunsets are particularly recommended.Looking south from near the headwaters of Kaiser Creek.A big chunk of the San Leandro Creek watershed spreads out to the west below the ridge.This […]

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South Mission Peak

South Mission PeakRock wall on the ridge between Mt. Allison and Mission Peak. Origin unknown.Many rock walls stand on the ridges and slopes between Mission Peak and Monument Peak (located just north of Ed Levin Park). Fly south from this site in Google Earth. Zoom in for a closer look. The walls are there all […]