Tuesday, November 24, 2009

John Muir and Mount Wanda


Mount Wanda and an adjacent homestead belonged to John Muir, and the naturalist and his family lived here from 1890 until Muir's death in 1914. Both properties, on the southern edge of Martinez, are now managed by the National Park Service. One hundred years ago this was a remote region that featured good access for Muir's trips to Yosemite. Now it's an oasis in a morass of urban sprawl. His home sits on the north side of CA 4, and Mount Wanda (named after one of his daughters), sits on the south side. From Mount Wanda's summit there are sweeping views of Mount Diablo and Northern Contra Costa County's rolling hills, as well as unobstructed vistas of industrial Martinez and some huge new homes on those surrounding hills. I suppose we should be thankful Mount Wanda has been preserved. Ascending on an unnamed fire roadThis 325 acre parcel could easily have been developed as "John Muir Estates." If you can turn a deaf ear to the noise, and look past the smokestacks, Mount Wanda is delightful. You can touch trees that stood during Muir's tenure, and gaze over grassy hills dotted with the same annual flower display he admired year after year... Start at the park and ride lot, and walk along the side of Franklin Canyon Road toward the railroad trestle. After about 200 feet, turn left just past the John Muir National Historic John Muir Nature TrailSite sign, walk up a few steps, turn left, and navigate the step over. An information signboard stands on the left...(entire post cut from Bahiker)...posted by Smokey...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oops another history mistake by Smokey. One hundred years John Muirs home was not in a remote area! Martinez was the largest city in the county. John Muirs fancy Victorian, along a major roadway, was prime real estate.

Smokey said...

Actually if you read the post Mr .Knowitall I didnt write it !!! and for the record I am Positive that Bay Area hiker.com has much more credible resources on the history of these trails than you do,,, but thanks anyway for reading... AHHHlllRightyThen BUH Bye!!!

Smokey said...

This posting was taken from BAHIKER.COM a great source of information for the local Hiker...

Anonymous said...

Don't bicker about it, just go to the home, and see for yourself. Much better off. I was fortunate enough to go on one of my kid's field trips there. That wasn't even 'his' house, but his father in-laws, if i recall correctly. Go, get out and check it out, it is awesome. The belfry has an awesome view.

Anonymous said...

he and his family lived there for many years