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.