Greenhill Ranch, aka The Green RanchElevation 2,440 ft.We call Greenhill Ranch the “Shaman’s Redoubt” because we think it likely that shamen worshipping on Mt. Diablo used this beautiful site as a camp/staging area. In 1938-9 William Wurster, later to become Dean of the Architecture Department at Cal Berkeley (Wurster Hall is named for him), designed […]
Manzanita Trail11 bedrock mortars and slick.Elevation 1700 ft.Looking at the camp from near the trail.The relative remoteness from water suggests this may have been a seasonal camp, but who knows?That’s Manzanita trail in the background.A pair of mortars in a natural depression.Photograph by Bob Bardell.
Below Rock City12 bedrock mortars on a nice shelfElevation 1567 ft.We found two milling stations at this site, which lies on the north side of the north fork of Sycamore Creek just off the Trail Through Time. Its proximity to the Rock City parking lot and its relative seclusion commend it as a fine picnic […]
Los Meganos State Historic Park2 bedrock mortars and two anvilsElevation 230 ft.These mortars sit near Briones Creek in the hills behind John Marsh’s house. We wouldn’t have looked for mortars or even hiked here if Joel had not made an initial reconnaissance of this area.Bob looks toward the mountain and its subsidiary peaks. The Briones […]
Nothing There38 bedrock mortars and several housepitsElevation 1280 ft.“There’s nothing there,” said Doc Hale, but even a Master can be wrong. We believe this is the southernmost settlement in Volvon territory. It is just off the Black Hills Trail, which probably traces the main Indian trail between Volvon Village and Brushy Peak, and is perched […]