Crestmont hill

The Crestmont neighborhood is centered around this hill, the one on the left. We’re looking north at it from King Estates Open Space. It’s the highest bit of land in Oakland west of the freeway.

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Crestmont hill stands just over 500 feet high, with Crest Avenue running along its crown. The hill is mapped as the same stone as in the old Leona Quarry, which you see on the right in the background: volcanic rocks of the uppermost part of the Coast Range ophiolite. I say “mapped as” because I haven’t seen a bit of bedrock on it. Perhaps building excavations uncovered it.

The ridge runs south, beneath my feet and beyond past Fontaine Street, where Crest Avenue picks up again. But everything south of Crestmont hill is mapped as sediment instead, an older unit of alluvial-fan roughage. The gravel I’ve seen on its upper surface looks like chert of the Claremont Shale. I guess I’m rambling. This area puzzles me. How much of its shape is due to warpage by the Hayward fault, which runs parallel to this ridge just west of the photo? How old is the alluvium, and what stream delivered it here? How much of the map is real and how much is extrapolation? It is likely that my questions are unanswerable.

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One Response to “Crestmont hill”

  1. gen katz Says:

    Your unanserwable questions and ramblings are exactly whatis interesting. How about looking at the slide area at the end of Brunell that closed off the road.

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