Alviso Adobe 38 cupule rock.
Jeff’s Hideaway
Mortar Count: 4
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Jeff’s Lookout
Mortar Count: 1
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Possible PCN
Sunol Ridge Prayer Circle
Sunol Ridge, North of Prayer Circle
Sunol Ridge, South of Prayer Circle

Territory: Pelnen

The Pelnen, an Ohlone tribelet, held the western Livermore valley and most of Pleasanton and Sunol Ridges. At that time the western Livermore Valley was a large freshwater marsh.

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Sunol Ridge Prayer Circle

Sunol Ridge Prayer CircleStacked-rock prayer circle.Elevation 1664 ft.Our jaws dropped when we saw this near the bottom of a little hollow just below the top of Sunol Ridge.A closer look at the geoglyph.Photograph by Bob BardellPart of the “spine” of this stone circle is a natural rock outcrop.This site is on private property. One should […]

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Sunol Ridge, North of Prayer Circle

Sunol Ridge, North of Prayer CircleRock wall and possible cairnElevation 1797 ft.Bob heads down along the rock wall to inspect the possible cairn, which sits at the top of the watercourse that flows past the Prayer Circle.This site may be on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.

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Sunol Ridge, South of Prayer Circle

Sunol Ridge, South of Prayer CircleRock WallElevation 1711 ft.Part of this wall covers a seasonal stream bed. Look for a stone seat at the wall’s highest point.A section of this wall lies on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.

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Alviso Adobe 38 cupule rock.

Alviso Adobe38 cupule rock.In 1850 Augustin Bernal constructed his adobe, which still stands, near this cupule rock about a mile south of the Alviso adobe of Rancho Santa Rita. Today, some maps call this site “Alviso Adobe,” but the National Register of Historic of Historic Places lists it as “Bernal Adobe.”The location of Bernal Adobe […]

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Jeff’s Hideaway

Jeff’s Hideaway4 bedrock mortarsElevation 1550This site on the western scarp of Sunol Ridge is named after the person who turned us on to it. Thanks Jeff!Bob works his way over rocks searching for more mortars. Head down here to cool off on hot days.

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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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Possible PCN

Possible PCNElevation 1045 ft.Most pecked, curvilinear, nucleated rock art elements we’ve encountered occur on schist. This one, if it is one, occurs on sandstone.Heather and Jim inspect the possible PCN. Near this rock lies another flat-topped rock with several large, shallow basins on it..