Indian Gulch is a stream valley extending from the eastern top of Lake Merritt to headwaters in and above Piedmont. Its stream is known as either Indian Gulch Creek or Trestle Glen Creek (after the Trestle Glen neighborhood).

Early settlers gave it the name after the major Ohlone (Huchiun) village that was located near the present-day intersection of Lakeshore and Trestle Glen Road. Indian Gulch later served as part of the boundary between the ranchos of Vicente Peralta and Antonio Maria Peralta. Later, the creek served as part of the border of Brooklyn Township. The creek is now mostly underground.

In the late 1800s parts of the valley were farmed for hay, it being too far out of town to draw interest from developers. In the 1880s a factory operated in the valley that processed eucalyptus leaves to produce an antiscaling compound for use in boilers. After Trestle Glen Park opened, the first of several proposals over the next 30 years was floated to turn large parts of the valley into city parkland. These included Trestle Glen Park and the Sather tract, on the north side of the creek. Mayor Frank K Mott was involved in a plan to keep Trestle Glen as part of a greenbelt connecting Dimond Canyon, Mountain View Cemetery and Lakeside Park. Mayor John L Davie wasn't into the plan, though, and the area was developed starting in the late 1910s.

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