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Above Mission Peak Meadow – Bay Area Native Sites
Above Mission Peak Meadow
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Above Mission Peak Meadow


Above Mission Peak Meadow
Two 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 his stamp of approval. Heather’s discovery of a pestle hidden away in a nearby rock cavity further confirms Doc’s call.

Looking down at the site. We believe the rock wall in the foreground is historic.


The mortar rocks are in the trees, and this alignment points right to them. Mt. Tamalpais rises in the background.


Another rock alignment on this ridge.


Heather holds the pestle she discovered in that little cavity. The rock alignments on this ridge link Heather’s pestle and the mortar rocks. Heather says, “Put that pestle back exactly the way you found it.”


Photographs by Bob Bardell


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