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 […]
The ToadTake the time to play around the rocks on Louise’s Shelf. Many have suggestive, even fantastic, shapes. We’re not suggesting Volvons carved these shapes. Such activity has never been documented among California Indians. Yet a number of the rock formations here, like the Toad, possess a strange, intriguing charm, and contribute to the magical […]
Blue Oak Trail16 bedrock mortars above Blue Oak Trail.This is a sweet campsite with a secluded feel even though it’s right above Blue Oak Trail and a stone’s throw from the Lion’s Mane Village.The bowl mortar here is about the size and shape of a small mixing bowl–8 1/2″ in diameter–and a little over 6″ […]
Fallen Oak Village.46 bedrock mortars spread out along the edge of a meadow.Named for the large dead oak tree sprawled across some grinding rocks.Bob and Jim look for traces of bedrock mortars near the Fallen Oak.An oak limb rests on one of the main grinding rocks at this site.A number of mortars at this site […]
Joel’s Rockspring CaveTwo bedrock mortars in a rock shelter overlooking a seasonal creek.Elevation 467 ft.Joel discovered this very cool rock shelter not far from the Rockspring Place trail head in Walnut Creek’s Shell Ridge Open Space. The cave can be reached by an easy hike and would be a great place to hang out with […]
Lower Village Upper Overlook2 bowl bedrock mortars on a rock on Louise’s Shelf.Clyma orchard visible in the background.What was this huge mortar with the recessed rim used for? Was its position on the edge of this rock significant? Eliminate the scrub oak growing up from the rocks below, and you have a dead on view […]
Round Valley1 bedrock mortar with a pestle or hammerstoneElevation 442 ft.We found this mortar and its in situ pestle or hammerstone on the bank of Round Valley Creek.Bob illustrates how the pestle/hammerstone might have been deployed. The user would probably have straddled the mortar, however.A closer look at the pestle/hammerstone snugly ensconsed in its mortar.