Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Morgan Territory " The Morning Side of the Mountain."


 The “Territory” and “Road” were named for Jeremiah “Jerry” Morgan (1819-1906) and his descendants. Morgan hunted in the area in 1856 then moved there in 1857  because the grizzly bear hunting was so good . Morgan, however, called it the " Morning Side of the Mountain ."...  The above info is taken from the Wikipedia ...
 I am starting this post with some historic facts about the region to aid your imagination in envisioning what it was like in this thick forest woodland back then as you view these photos...
Morgan Territory road is a connecting road from Clayton all the way out to Livermore...This road eventually turns into a narrow one lane road for six miles heading into some of the deepest  forest terrain this side of the mountain..
.Many parts of this road through the  "Morning Side of the Mountain" start to look a lot like Hiway49 around  Placerville...Winding and climbing through the forest  with steep wooded grades and  the stream running below through the ravines ... Morgan Territory road also takes you across two one land bridges that  both  cross the creek...

As you travel down this road looking into the dense forest it is easy to envision how the California Grizzly did used to thrive in this area...Jeramiah Morgan wasn't the only one to enjoy hunting Grizzlies in  this territory either ...
John (Grizzly) Adams  liked to hunt Grizzlies , Cougars and also Elk on and around  Mt.Diablo  years before Morgan arrived ... As I Photographed this foothills forest of the mountain I could see how things may have been back then for the wild life of  Mt .Diablo's  ridges and  foothills...
If you have never taken a drive out Morgan Territory road and are looking for a nice get away drive then this is the road for you...
My destination was as far as the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve which is where we stopped and turned back... The Regional Preserve is owned by East Bay Parks and allows access to many trails that let you  explore the entire region...
Yesterday was just a drive out into the country but when we return we will be on the  Coyote and Highland Ridge trails taking pictures of course... Most of these photo's were taken from behind the wheel...(With the exception of the Grizzly of course)...

2 comments:

MC said...

this is my favourite bicycle route in all of the bay area.

Anonymous said...

If you see someone driving with their feet while shooting photos through their windshield, chances are you've had a Smokey sighting.

lp