Upper Marie Creek
25 bedrock mortars
Elevation 1052 ft.
Thanks to Jeff for discovering this beautiful village site, which lies just off the Bay Area Ridge Trail about a quarter of a mile beyond the gate that marks the boundary of Skyline Wilderness Park.
Bob approaches the site. A utility pole conveniently marks the location of the mortar-bearing outcrop. Below the mortars amidst the trees Marie Creek flows through its channel.
The mortar-bearing outcrop abuts an active spring, which was feeding Marie Creek during the drought-plagued summer of 2014. Two other nearby springs were also active.
Dirt overburden has buried many of the mortars here. No doubt a thorough daylighting of this site would raise the mortar count significantly.
Though it’s hard to tell, the spring may actually rise from beneath the sandstone outcrop. Note the native bunch grasses, which also line the streamlet that flows down to Marie Creek.