This morning I took a hike that circumambulated Piedmont without setting foot in it, while also incorporating pedestrian stairways and paths. There was something to see at every step; here are two highlights. The first is the charming hidden street of Glenwood Glade in the Fernwood district (what I would have called northern Montclair), where I snapped this verdant front yard with indigenous boulders. The whole street runs directly upon the Hayward fault. I would enjoy it now, because it isn’t likely to survive the next major rupture.
Then below is the Zion Lutheran Church on uppermost Park Boulevard, isolated on the very edge of Piedmont overlooking Dimond Canyon. Why would a church be dug into a bedrock hillside? The answer is, it wouldn’t; this is a former quarry. I stayed across the street, not wishing to touch Piedmont soil, but it looked like massive Franciscan sandstone, just as it’s mapped.
The roadway of Park Boulevard through Dimond Canyon is so massively reinforced that I suspect there was a railway there first. Does anyone know the history there?