Hiking with Friends is a group from Walnut Creek Friends Church and others who enjoy hiking the hills in Contra Costa County and other Bay Area locations. This group is for anyone who enjoys making new friends and exploring the great outdoors while developing stronger relationships with Jesus, nature, and one another.
This place is loaded with history including old coal and sand mines, plus an old cemetery, and it looks like there may be enough time without rain for the trail to dry out enough to hike it. I hope you can join us..
Nortonville and Black Diamond Loop is a 5.7 mile loop trail from the Somersville to Notronville townsites, then a return up along the ridge. Expect elevation gain (1,374 ft), open hills and woodlands, plus great views along the way. The trail is rated as difficult because of the elevation gain, but is not precarious. Dogs are also allowed on the trail. If you don't want to do the entire loop, you can check out the shorter hikes in the area.
• What we'll do:
Let's meet up at the Walnut Creek Friends Church back parking lot, leaving at 9:00 am sharp (so be early if you can). The address for the church is 1950 First Ave, Walnut Creek. From there we will carpool to the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch.
Alternatively, you can meet us at the trail head around 9:30 am. The address for Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve is 5175 Somersville Rd, Antioch (Note: sometimes there is a nominal entrance fee).
• What to bring:
Plan on a cold morning, but warming up as we hike, and some mud along the trail. Bring plenty of water, layered clothing, hiking boots, a hat if you like, a snack, and an attitude for making friends.