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 […]
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 […]
Above Mission Peak MeadowTwo probable bedrock mortars, one pestle, rock alignments.Elevation 1761 ft.Jeff discovered these mortars a long time ago. We looked and looked but couldn’t locate them. Recently Jeff led an expedition here. The mortars look like they could have formed from rain or fog drip, but Doc Hale, our resident expert, gave them […]
Blue Rock Springs Park — North Rock wall Elevation 695 ft. This wall reminds us of similar alignments on Mission Peak and in the South Bay. It runs, with breaks, nearly all the way to I-80. The barbed wire fence and rock wall coincide with each other. Were they constructed at the same time? Compare […]
Stone Corral33 bedrock mortars, prayer circle, 2 sets of double cupules, rock wall alignments, and hunting blinds.Elevation 1800 ft.What kind of animals would be constrained by this corral? We believe the stone corral was the site of Indian games and/or ceremonies. HIke up the ridge to the west and find the spot where you have […]
Sunol Ridge, North of Prayer CircleRock wall and possible cairnElevation 1797 ft.Bob heads down along the rock wall to inspect the possible cairn, which sits at the top of the watercourse that flows past the Prayer Circle.This site may be on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.
Chinese Tree of Heaven18 bedrock mortars (including 5 bowl mortars), 3 metates, 2 cupules, incised rocks, rock rectangles, rock walls, and rock-lined pathwaysThe Chinese Tree of Heaven tree (Ailanthus altissima) was introduced to California by the Chinese during the Gold Rush. The presence of this tree along with the dry-laid masonry skill apparent in a […]