Saturday, July 1, 2017

Tilden Park to San Pablo Reservoir and back: 1 July 2017

This ramble started in Berkeley at the Little Farm in Tilden Park. We climbed to the summit of Wildcat Peak and then strolled past the site of Nike Missile Launch Battery SL-08L and Nike Missile Launch Battery SL-09L. This was an unusual dual battery configuration. The location housed two missile launching batteries each of which had three missile launchers. Each missile launcher could launch four missiles simultaneously, if necessary. This dual missile battery site, therefore, had the ability to launch twenty-four missiles within a very short timeframe. 

We then descended the east side of the Berkeley Hills and passed by San Pablo Reservoir. After which there was a steep ascent of the east-side of the Berkeley Hills to Inspiration Point and then, finally, back down to the Little Farm.


 A contented cow adjacent to Nimitz Way in Tilden Park. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The route: The distance traveled was approximately 10.6 miles (17 kilometers). The cumulative elevation gain was about 1,705 feet (520 meters). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
 San Pablo Reservoir. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 Another scene of San Pablo Reservoir looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 NOW  This is a view of the former location of Nike Missile Launching Stations SF-08L and SF-09L. The scene is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

THEN  This photograph of Nike Missile Launching Stations SF-08L and SF-09L was taken from the cockpit of a small single engine military reconnaissance plane. The airspace above this area was off-limits to all civilian aircraft. A partial view of Missile site SF-09L is barely visible at the upper left side of the photo. This view is looking northeast and is circa 1959. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

NOW  Nike Missile Radar Station SF-09C was located on the top of this hill. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

THEN  This photograph of Nike Missile Radar Station SF-09C was taken from the cockpit of a small single engine military reconnaissance plane. The airspace above this area was off-limits to all civilian aircraft. This view is looking northeast and is circa 1959. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

 Mount Vollmer, at 1,905 feet (535 meters) is shrouded in fog and is not entirely visible. The summit of Mount Vollmer was the location of Nike Missile Radar Station SF-08C. A segment of Nimitz Way is visible in the lower portion of this image. This view is looking south. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered in this rambleClick on the image to see the full-size graph.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lang 

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A Sony RX-100 camera was used to take these photographs.

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