Hike Mt. Diablo's Grand Loop

Come join our fun & friendly group of hikers to complete a 360 loop around the summit of Mt Diablo.

It is somewhat strenuous in some parts but well worth the effort.The views are five star! We will take short breaks to regroup and for photo ops and snacks. We did this in October and all concur that its one of the best hikes in the East Bay.

You should arrange your own carpools. We will meet at Peets and depart for Mt Diablo by 8:30am. It costs $10.00 to get through the North Gate entrance. The next meeting point is in the large parking area of Juniper Canyon Campground. Dont confuse this with the lower trailhead to Juniper Canyon.

Prepare for Wintery Conditions....Maybe even snow....If there is snow, cars may need all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive to safely navigate the roads.

If you have, hiking poles you may.want to carry them. Wear lots of layers of warm clothing (it will be very cold and breezy at the top) Also wear proper sturdy hiking boots. Bring lots of snacks and at least a 2 liters of water. You must.bring more water than you think you will need. You wont be able to hike with us if you are not properly prepared.

Overview: The Grand Loop offers a bird's-eye view of the Bay Area, and sometimes glimpses far beyond, of the Farallon Islands, Mount Lassen, the Sierra Nevada, and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Trail Guide: At Juniper Camp we will be surrounded by junipers and gray pines--and fragrant bay laurel. From here we will head to Burma Road where Burma Road joins the trail down to Deer Flat, you can almost see forever. Then at Deer Flat we will be among valley oaks and gray pines, Deer Flat is an oasis for birds.

From here we move on to Murchio Gap and to a high point on Bald Ridge. We also take a quick 1 mile detour to Eagle Peak. From here up, up and up along Prospectors Gap and almost two-thirds of the way around the loop. Then we head out on the North Peak Trail (not the fire road). Look for a signpost that says "to summit trail, 1.02." It's the left fork of the two trails that head south. Along North Peak Trail you can look to the east to view the Sierra Nevada. We might see peregrine falcons and California Condors. When the trail makes a 90-degree turn to the West, look up and you'll see the summit museum in the distance and, a little closer, a redrock promontory called Devil's Pulpit. From here we head west to the Lower Summit Parking Lot and back to Juniper Canyon.

Afterwards there is the option for a stop in Walnut Creek for appetizers and drinks at Pinky's Pizza across the street from the Walnut Creek Main Post Office.

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  • Miste

    I just "attempted" uploading about 10 pix. Hopefully it worked;) if not, Sandra- u might have to call me and be my IT person;)

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are the pictures Laurie, Miste, Judy, George, Skip?

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bummer, George.

      January 12, 2014

    • Laurie M.

      Hey Sandra, sorry I accidentally left my camera behind when I went to see my mom. I'll download them when I get back home.

      January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a butt kicker hike and I loved it. Awesome. Thank you Miste for driving. :)

    2 · January 11, 2014

    • Miste

      Thanks for accomping me and being such fun passengers Sandra and Robert:)

      January 12, 2014

  • Miste

    Yes, it was a great hike!! Im loving this group and the beautiful scenery and hikes I've experienced with u all to date:) I have some great pics of all. Will load by tmrrw:)

    January 12, 2014

  • Skip

    Stats for today's hike as promised to all:
    8.46 miles
    3 hrs 36 min
    Starting elev 2900'
    Dropped to 2142
    Then ascended to 3849
    Gain of 1707
    Quickest mile 18 min (last mile back to car..lol)
    Slowest mile 41 min
    Avg 25 min per mile

    4 · January 11, 2014

    • Jujubees

      Thanks Skip ...this is one of the reasons we are going to really miss you!

      3 · January 12, 2014

  • robert e.

    I loved that hike thank u so much judy and skip for being such great organizers and hosts of all our groups events I know I speak for everyone that it is truly appreciated by all. I was impressed by everyone ability to charge up that hill yet continue to carry on fun conversation....gratefully...robert

    4 · January 12, 2014

  • Skip

    Wow, how often do you get 15 RSVP's and 15 shows? I guess word is getting out of how much fun we always have
    on these hikes. What a great group. Thanks to all

    3 · January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are committed hikers.

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Sebastien D.

    Very friendly group. It was nice to meet all of you and great hike. Looking forward to more meetups in the future

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want to car pool? I guess we are all meeting at Peets at Heather Farms in WC?

    1835 Ygnacio Valley Rd in WC

    Ok. Bring snacks and lots of water.

    January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will ride with you Miste.

      January 10, 2014

    • Miste

      Sounds good Sandra:)

      January 10, 2014

  • Jujubees

    A big thank you to all those offering to drive...♥ Remember to bring cash for entry fee & gas $ for drivers, pack plenty of water, hearty snacks, wear layers and get plenty of zzzz's. See you at Peets!

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the distance and how long does this hike take?

    January 5, 2014

    • Skip

      Now that is too funny. I have had them drop from the hike before but never was a description enough to have them drop from the group also.

      January 10, 2014

    • Jujubees

      Spookie....

      January 10, 2014

  • robert e.

    Ill drive judy

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Nadesdye

    I'm not going to be able to go on this hike. I have been having difficulty controlling my asthma, don't think it would be a good idea to hike. I'm disappointed since I've been looking forward to going:(

    January 10, 2014

    • Jujubees

      Bummer...we will miss you!!

      January 10, 2014

  • Gina

    Hi guys. I'm new to the group and don't know anyone. Does anyone have room in their vehicle for me to jump in? If not, I have room for 3 more people.

    January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      8 am, Skip. Ugh...I am going to be a Zombie.

      January 9, 2014

    • Skip

      Nothing a good strong cup of Peet's won't take care of.

      January 10, 2014

  • Katie

    Hi, I just had a flare-up of my Crohn's and will have to back out. Hope to make the next one.

    January 10, 2014

    • Jujubees

      Sorry to hear that...hope you feel better soon!

      January 10, 2014

  • Paul

    Want to kick are buts again .
    Am there.

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Jujubees

      Thats how we roll!

      October 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I changed my mind. I want a butt kicking hike this weekend. :)

      January 9, 2014

  • Morgan

    My Saturday hike was just sabotaged by an unforeseen commitment...Darn! Hope you all have a great day!

    January 9, 2014

  • Jujubees

    The hike is approximately 10+ miles with approximately 3000+ ft of cummulative elevation gain and will take anywhere from 4 - 5 hours depending on the speed of the group. The first half of the hike is downhill towards Deer Flat and Eagle Peak, then it's up and around the summit. We hiked it back in October if you want to review the photographs and comments.

    January 5, 2014

    • Jujubees

      Its the Peets across from Heather Farms on ygnacio. Also, the hike is a loop hike.

      January 6, 2014

    • Skip

      1835 Ygnacio Valley Rd in WC

      January 6, 2014

  • Kami J

    It was hard last time. I need to think about it. I have no problem to go up, but going down would be a different story.

    December 11, 2013

    • Skip

      Kam I know your ability and if the climb up does not concern you then you will be fine. 2/3 of the hike is the clockwise climb that we make around the top 3rd of the mountain till we reach the summit. Then the trek back down is only 1/3 of the hike.

      2 · January 5, 2014

    • Jujubees

      Kam..seriously....the work is in the climb up with the beautiful reward of 360 degree view and a summit perch....and lots of humour along the way.....we just take it a step at a time and I know that you can do it....so can Trecena...

      1 · January 5, 2014

  • Katie

    How long will the hike take?

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure about work situation so opening spot for folks waiting

    January 2, 2014

  • Jujubees

    Trecena ...you can do this...you are ready..

    December 11, 2013

  • Kami J

    I better back out for I don't want to hold you guys back!

    October 30, 2013

    • Jujubees

      You can do this Kami...just one foot in front.of the.other...

      December 11, 2013

  • Kami J

    Is that's the one same as last Sat.?

    October 30, 2013

  • Skip

    So you did it huh? You called my bluff on doing this again on a 60 degree day. Well if its below 60 then i reserve the right to cancel. Just kidding of course. I can't wait to do it again in the cool weather. Hopefully we will catch it on a day with clear skies after a winter storm.

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Jujubees

      I forgot to update the description based on what we now know about this hike...also it is already snowing in Tahoe so I would not rule that out :-D We are an adventurous bunch!

      October 28, 2013

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