4 housepits near Bear Gulch
9 Bedrock Mortars Near Sunol Regional Wilderness Interpretative Center
Mortar Count: 9
Open
Above Mission Peak Meadow
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Agua Caliente Creek
Mortar Count: 7
Open
Agua Caliente East
Mortar Count: 3
Open
ALA-60 at Crow Canyon Road and Castro Valley Boulevard
Mortar Count: 44
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Alameda/Calaveras Creek confluence
Mortar Count: 3
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Albany Hill
Mortar Count: 4
Open
Alpine Pond — Palo Alto
Mortar Count: 35
Open
Alvarado Park
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Alviso Adobe 38 cupule rock.
Below McClure Springs
Benica Quarry #1
Mortar Count: 5
Open
Benica Quarry #2
Mortar Count: 20
Open
Blue Rock Springs Park — North
Blue Rock Springs Park — South
Briggs Creek below Alma College
Mortar Count: 25
Open
Brushy Peak Loop Trail
Mortar Count: 6
Open
Buckeye Canyon Mound
Canada del Cierbo
Mortar Count: 28
Open
Canyon Middle School
Mortar Count: 8
Open
Canyon Trail Park Petroglyph Boulder CA-CCO-152
Mortar Count: 20
Open
Castle Rock Park Partridge Farm area
Mortar Count: 7
Open
Cave Camp
Mortar Count: 5
Open
Charcoal Road — Saratoga
Mortar Count: 16
Open
Chinese Tree of Heaven
Mortar Count: 18
Open
Chitactac
Mortar Count: 75
Open
Circle of Circles
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Club Moto
Mortar Count: 30
Open
Dillon Point
Mortar Count: 4
Open
Don Edwards Preserve
Mortar Count: 4
Open
East Goat Rock Camp
Mortar Count: 4
Open
El Sobrante La Honda
El Sobrante Library
Evergreen Valley Cupule Rock on Silver Creek
First Terrace
Mortar Count: 31
Open
Frick Lake
Mortar Count: 16
Open
Garin Park, east spur
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Garin, single morta
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Glen Cove Park, aka Sogorea Te
Mortar Count: 20
Open
Gossip Rock
Mortar Count: 5
Open
Guadalupe Oak Grove Park
Mortar Count: 4
Open
Hill 1424
Mortar Count: 4
Open
Horse Heaven Trail
Mortar Count: 3
Open
Jalquin Vista Park
Mortar Count: 16
Open
Jeff’s Hideaway
Mortar Count: 4
Open
Jeff’s Lookout
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Jeff’s Niles Canyon Mortar
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Jeff’s Pestles
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Joel’s Fat Lip Mortars
Mortar Count: 3
Open
Kitchen Site
Mortar Count: 22
Open
Lake Anza, east side
Mortar Count: 10
Open
Lake Del Valle, Campsite 40
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Lake Del Valle, Campsite 74
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Lexington Reservoir
Mortar Count: 27
Open
Mare Island shell midden
Mid Upper Welch Creek
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Mid-Walpert Village
Mortar Count: 32
Open
Miller’s Creek
Mortar Count: 3
Open
Minnis Ranch Rock
Mortar Count: 14
Open
Mira Vista Park
Mortar Count: 10
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Mission Creek Trail Spring
Mission San Jose
Monte Bello Open Space–headwaters of Stevens Creek
Mortar Count: 12
Open
Mt. Diablo Winter Solstice alignment
Murietta Falls
Mortar Count: 3
Open
North Knoll, Chinese Tree of Heaven
Mortar Count: 12
Open
North Mission Peak
North Vargas Plateau
Mortar Count: 2
Open
North Walpert Camp
Mortar Count: 2
Open
North Walpert Lookout
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Observation Hill
Patterson Mound, CA-ALA-328
Pinole Shores Shellmound
Possible PCN
Post Office Rock
Mortar Count: 12
Open
Rancho Higuera
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Rankin Park Overlook
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Reservoir
Mortar Count: 7
Open
Rock Scramble Jaca
Rockwall to Campsite
Mortar Count: 8
Open
Ryan’s Hideaway
Mortar Count: 24
Open
San Antonio Creek Rock
Mortar Count: 4
Open
Sanborn Creek Village — Saratoga
Mortar Count: 19
Open
Second Terrace
Mortar Count: 20
Open
Siippery Rock at Big Basin
Mortar Count: 8
Open
Siplichiquin Shell Mound
South Fork Apperson Creek
Mortar Count: 1
Open
South Mission Peak
South of Prayer Circle
Mortar Count: 1
Open
South Vargas Plateau
Mortar Count: 3
Open
Southern Rocky Ridge
Mortar Count: 14
Open
Stienstra’s Easy Chair
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Stonebrae, 16th hole
Mortar Count: 5
Open
Stromer Spring
Mortar Count: 25
Open
Sulphur Spring
Mortar Count: 5
Open
Sunol Ridge Prayer Circle
Sunol Ridge, North of Prayer Circle
Sunol Ridge, South of Prayer Circle
SW Walpert Ceremonial Site
Mortar Count: 22
Open
Swett Ranch
Mortar Count: 16
Open
The Old Homestead
Third Terrace
Mortar Count: 6
Open
Top ‘o Brushy Peak
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Turtle Rock – Solstice site.
Upper Crow Creek
Mortar Count: 3
Open
Upper Fetus
Mortar Count: 5
Open
Upper Lake at the Alma College site
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Upper Palomares Canyon
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Upper San Antonio Creek
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Upper Shady Canyon
Mortar Count: 1
Open
Upper Ukraina
Mortar Count: 29
Open
Upper Welch Creek Road
Mortar Count: 5
Open
Vernal Pool
Mortar Count: 23
Open
Walpert Ridge Lookout
Mortar Count: 19
Open
Welch-Hurst house
Mortar Count: 14
Open
West Ohlone Rocky Ridge
Mortar Count: 17
Open
Whittell Marsh Shellmound
Wildcat Creek
Mortar Count: 4
Open
Wildcat Creek Cupule Rock
Williams Gulch
Mortar Count: 2
Open
Windmill Overlook, Central
Mortar Count: 22
Open
Windmill Overlook, Lower
Mortar Count: 20
Open
Windmill Overlook, Upper
Mortar Count: 2
Open

Territory: Ohlone

Speakers of Ohlone dialects occupied the lands encompassed by Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties. One Ohlone triblet, the Carquin, occupied lands on the north shore of the Carquinez Strait in Solano County and probably in the southern part of Napa County.

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Williams Gulch

Williams Gulch2 bedrock mortars and 2 cupulesElevation 1369 ft.Jeff has a way of finding bedrock mortar rocks in remote locations.The mortar rock here sits on a little shelf above Miller’s Creek.Another view of the mortar rock.A closeup of the rockPrevious two photographs by Jeff Green.This site is on private property. Secure permission before visiting it.

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Agua Caliente Creek

Agua Caliente CreekSeven bedrock mortarsElevation 421 ft.This is another site we searched for in vain during several visits to Mission Peak. Thanks to Jeff (with an assist from Bill) for this excellent find.We’ve been told that the official site report for Agua Caliente Creek mentions four mortar rocks. The three others may lie buried nearby.

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First Terrace

First Terrace31 bedrock mortars, a 23 cupule rock, and 3-4 housepits.Elevation 775 ft.This site and the Kitchen site are actually on the same terrace, separated by a creekbed, but because we discovered and named the Kitchen site first, we called this site the “First Terrace.”A view of the First Terrace. The cupule rock is near […]

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North Mission Peak

North Mission PeakRock alignment. Origin unknown.This is one of the mysterious rock alignments that can be found between Mission and Monument Peaks.Notice how this rock alignment appears to snake up the north slope of Mission Peak.We encountered this beautiful leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, probably a female based on her size, near the rocky trail to the […]

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SW Walpert Ceremonial Site

SW Walpert Ceremonial Site.22 bedrock mortars and stone circle placementsElevation 1365 ft.There are extensive views from here.Bob heads for the knob.A closer view of the site. The South Bay lies at its feet.Note the erosion and wear on these two old bowls. Their recessed, “Olla” rims are typically associated with boiling water or food preparation, […]

Blue Rock Springs Park — North

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 […]

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Jeff’s Lookout

Jeff’s LookoutOne bedrock mortar, one slick, one pestle, one probable mortar, and one possible mortar.Elevation 1329 ft.This is another Sunol Ridge site Jeff turned us on to. Keep up the good work Jeff!The vicinity of Jeff’s Lookout offers fabulous views of Niles Canyon and Alameda Creek.The bedrock mortar and the slick form part of a […]

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Reservoir

Reservoir7 bedrock mortarsElevation 743 ft.These mortars sit where relatively level ground gives way to rocks and rising contours. They are subject to burial by soils washed down from above.One of a pair of bullet-shaped mortars on a slab near the five-mortar rock pictured above. Note the machined interior and flat rim.Photograph by Bob Bardell.

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Upper Shady Canyon

Upper Shady CanyonOne bedrock mortar and a possible rock cairnElevation 953 feetThanks to Nick the Scout for leading us to this site.This site offers a commanding view.Note how the mortar rim is raised in a “fat lip” configuration.

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Chinese Tree of Heaven

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 […]