Andrew Alden will lead us on a walk exploring some former quarries in Oakland and Piedmont.
Oakland and Piedmont owe their prosperity to the rock quarries that were established in the hills starting around 1870. This 5-mile walk across several stream valleys will visit three of the largest and most influential of these historic quarries. We’ll learn their roles in the growth of Oakland and Piedmont, the communities that formed around them, and the different ways in which they continue to serve their communities today. We will meet on the roof of the Safeway at Rockridge Shopping Center, at the south end overlooking the quarry pond. The route includes a number of paths and stairways. Bathrooms and water are available at Dracena Park (mile 1) and the Morcom Rose Garden (mile 4).
- Wear good walking shoes
- Bring water to drink
- Wear a hat/sunscreen as needed
- Sorry, no dogs for this walk
Please sign up on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect.
View our planned route here. Here’s an annotated map showing the different stream valleys (you may want to download it to your phone ahead of time for reference):