San Leandro Creek (1)

san leandro creek

San Leandro Creek isn’t the only stream crossing Oakland’s flatlands, but it stands out more than others. First, it’s the trees. Second, the flats are more extensive in southernmost Oakland. In north and central Oakland, the big Pleistocene alluvial fan sticks out from the hills leaving only a narrow lowland strip.

Arroyo Viejo and Temescal, Sausal and Peralta Creeks have tree trails too. But those streams have been extensively culverted and covered, whereas nearly all of San Leandro Creek is in daylight. You really see the creek as you ride BART south of the Coliseum. But all of the creeks are landmarks once you start to notice them.

This view is from Dunsmuir Ridge. See the creek’s mouth here.

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