Synopsis: Explore beautiful green hills and canyons, see white shooting stars, check out an old mining tunnel, and visit a 19th century graveyard on a strenuous leisurely to moderately paced hike. Be prepared for mud. Return to cars approx 5:30pm.
If you wish to hike fast and get back early, this is not the hike for you. Mellow hikers welcomed.
Estimated Distance of Hike: 11-12 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 2500 feet
Leader: Steve Bakaley (SLBakaley@lbl.gov)
Meet: 10:00am at the far parking lot in Black Diamond Mines Regional Park.
Directions: Take HWY 24 to Walnut Creek, HWY 680 North to HWY 242. HWY 242 east to HWY 4 east. HWY 4 to Somersville Rd. South exit in Antioch. Take Somersville Rd south toward the hills away from the bay to park entrance.
Cancellation: Any rain cancels.
Bring: lunch, liquids (the equivalent of 2 liters of water), warm clothing, and a flashlight for the Prospect Tunnel. There are no potable water sources on the route.
Cost: $5 parking fee.
Carpools: Leader at Walnut Creek BART 9:00am. I strongly recommend you arrange your own carpools where it is more convenient for you.