Distance: About 8 miles
Elevation gain: About 1700 feet in one climb over about 4.5 miles.
During this hike, we should clearly witness the rejuvenation of the mountain after last year’s fire while still observing the devastation. This hike should present a good opportunity to see the growth of certain plant species that germinate only following a fire.
Our planned route will take us though the heart of the burned area as follows: We’ll meet at Curry Point, about a mile north of the south gate entrance station, and then take a series of dirt roads and trails. Initially, we’ll follow Curry Canyon Road before making a left on Frog Pond Road. We’ll take a look at Frog Pond before following Green Ranch road up the hill through the burn area, past the old Green Ranch with its tennis court and swimming pool to the high point of the hike at Old Pioneer Horse Camp. We’ll stop for a break at the camp at two wooden picnic tables that somehow survived the fire, and then we’ll return to the cars via Summit Trail.
Directions: From I-680, take Diablo Road. After 0.7 mile, turn right to stay on Diablo Road. After an additional 2.2 miles, turn left onto Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd, which becomes South Gate Road. After paying the $8 (I think) fee at the fee station, proceed about another 1.5 miles to the Curry Point parking area on the right side of the road at a sharp left turn in the road.