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Go see Mount Diablo manzanita in flower

We will walk 4 miles round trip, from Curry point to Balancing rock, via the Knobcone point Road. 30 ft elev gain, with 300 ft of ups and downs. If it rains, there will be a lot of grateful plants and animals, but no cancellation.

We will go through woodland, non-native grasslands, chaparral areas,
with Chaparral pea, Black sage, Manzanitas, Silk-tassle trees.
We should see Mount Diablo manzanita in flower.
And 3 other manzanita species, and Knobcone pines.

Directions: Take 680 to the Diablo Road exit, and go east
on Diablo Road. At Green Valley Road, only one lane goes
straight ahead. After Green Valley Road, go past and do not
turn at the Diablo Country Club sign. In about a mile, turn
left at the Mt. Diablo State Park sign. Continue to the end of
Mt. Diablo Scenic Boulevard, which becomes South Gate Road
as it enters the park. Be prepared to pay the fee (now $10?) at
the main entrance station, or have your state parks pass ready.
Continue for about a mile, and park at the large parking area
at Curry Point, where we will meet. Remember to factor in about 20 minutes driving time from the base of the mountain to Curry point. Pet dogs, cats, pigs, tapirs, hedgehogs, and mongeese are not permitted at Mount Diablo State Park.

 

 

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  • Janet G.

    A great day in the sun with some very nice folks. More flowers will have to wait for more rain.

    February 24, 2014

  • Frances

    Hey All, looking forward to seeing your pictures!

    February 23, 2014

    • Lee T.

      I uploaded about 6-7 a few hours ago, but there still not there. Maybe in the morning...

      February 24, 2014

    • Frances

      I had some uncharacteristic trouble loading as well, I see your pics there now though!

      February 24, 2014

  • Sue D.

    Outstanding trip. There was so much to see, great views, great weather, and a variety of great people, with lots of different types of expertise.

    2 · February 23, 2014

  • Lee T.

    Great group of people, even if the manzanita's weren't in full flower :-) Very informative leader and participants.

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Caitlin M.

      I agree! Thanks everyone for making it great, and big thanks to the leaders for putting such an excellent hike together!

      February 23, 2014

  • Lisa

    I think I'm at the wrong end of curry pt

    February 23, 2014

  • Lisa

    I'm lost

    February 23, 2014

    • Frances

      Approx one mile or so after rock city, we go slow on curry canyon road trail off curry point

      February 23, 2014

    • Frances

      Approx one mile or so after rock city, we go slow on curry canyon road trail off curry point

      February 23, 2014

  • Lee T.

    Sorry, Katie can't make it.

    February 21, 2014

    • Lee T.

      I'll be at Orinda BART by 9:00 with room for three :-)

      February 23, 2014

  • Janet G.

    Hi, Message for Sarah in Oakland. I'll be driving my pickup (2-seater, not extended cab) from Oakland, and it looks like I'll be able to make it. If you are still looking for a ride, you should e-mail me today or Sat. am at [masked].

    February 21, 2014

  • Karl R.

    Map coordinates appear to be wrong. Got these off the internet:
    [masked], [masked]

    February 20, 2014

  • Cynthia

    I would like to carpool. See you at Orinda station at 9 am! Thanks!

    February 18, 2014

    • Lee T.

      Although Katie is now threatening to back out :-( She'll decide by Friday...

      February 19, 2014

    • Cynthia

      Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you.

      February 20, 2014

  • Dave M.

    Elena is suffering from the flu, I can't be certain we'll be able to make the hike so I must opt out. Hope you all have fun.

    February 20, 2014

    • Frances

      Sorry to hear it, hope she feels better quickly

      February 20, 2014

    • Dave M.

      Thanks Frances.

      February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm new to this group and looking forward to Sunday's hike. I would like to ride with someone from Berkeley or Orinda, if possible.

    February 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm new to the group, too, and want to pick up a ride from the Orinda BART station. I will be driving there from El Cerrito, so you're welcome to ride to Orinda with me.

      February 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Susan. That would be great, thanks. I sent you a private message.

      February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - I'd love to carpool too. Will anyone be coming through Walnut Creek? I can also come to Orinda. And I can offer to be a driver if there are too many folks who need rides.

    February 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be lovely. Where would be convenient for you?

      February 19, 2014

    • Frances

      Let me look at a map. Also, I should mention though there is a chance I might not be able to make it due a health issue that likes to flare up.

      February 20, 2014

  • Susan B.

    Would love to join you all...IF I may catch a ride/carpool with someone/others. I'm in Berkeley. If anyone with a car is nearby, please let me know. Thanks much!

    January 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm driving to the Orinda BART from El Cerrrito near Kensington. Where in Berkeley are you located?

      February 19, 2014

  • Frances

    Btw, carpooling to this particular event is a great idea so you can split the $10/car entrance fee at the State Park

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to carpool as a rider and will be at the Orinda BART at 9am.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Sue D.

    I could also be at Orinda BART and either ride with others or take people in my car. I can accommodate 5 or 6 easily.

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go too! Could I carpool with anyone? I'm in Oakland, but I can meet you by any public transit hub.

    February 17, 2014

    • Gregg W.

      I will carpool at Orinda bart leaving at 9:00 from the pickup lane. I have room for 3 people.

      1 · February 17, 2014

    • Lee T.

      I'll be there as well, with room for one or two (can fit two for sure, but it may be a squeeze).

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • VV

    How many miles do we walk? Rain cancels?

    January 26, 2014

    • Frances

      Well I was probably a little enthusiastic about that :), some events we post might cancel on heavy rain

      January 28, 2014

    • Frances

      but not this one

      January 28, 2014

  • BillH

    Did I miss a description of the length, difficulty and duration of the event? Those matter for me.

    January 25, 2014

    • Frances

      Hi Bill, Gregg has posted this info now

      January 27, 2014

  • Marilyn (Maggie) H.

    Yes, difficulty of hike matters to me, as well. It would help me if you could post the names trails we will be on so that I can judge if it will be too strenuous for me.

    January 26, 2014

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