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Diablo

14 reviews #2 hike out of 42 in
13.4 mi
Distance
6 hrs 34 min
Time
terrain
3,202 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult loop trail to Mount Diablo in Mount Diablo State Park.

This trail goes by Mitchell Rock, Twin Peaks, Eagle Peak, Laurel Nook Group Picnic Area, Juniper Campground, and Deer Flat.

Getting Started

Park in the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center parking lot (gate opens at 8:00 AM. Self pay $6.00 parking fee at entrance- exact change needed). These trails are mostly exposed.
Route: Trailhead to Mitchell Rock Trail; right on Eagle Peak Trail; crossing Meridian Ridge Rd a slight left to continue on Bald Ridge Trail (at end of this trail there's an option for an steep out & back to North Peak); right on North Peak Trail; right on Summit Trail to the Mt Diablo peak (restrooms and gift shop available here). Rturn Back on Summit Trail, past the lower parking area and restrooms in the picnic area; Jumpier Trail; right at the Jumpier Campground Trail; right on the Deer Flat Rd; right on Meridian Ridge Rd; left on Mitchell Canyon Rd back to the parking lot.



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    2 months ago
    Started with the Mitchell Canyon side since it’s quicker and I didn’t know how the prior day’s rains would affect the trail. Made it to the summit rather quickly, so I was able to add on North Peak before heading on down to Eagle Peak and back to the Mitchell Canyon entrance. Trail conditions were excellent for the most part, except for a few muddy stretches on the Eagle Peak trail, especially near the bottom. There was a lot of ice and frost, in some areas even into the afternoon, so this was a very chilly hike! The creek was dry until about the second mile, where it began to have a trickle and a few small puddles, but after these next few rainy days, there may be enough water to reach the park entrance. I only took 1.5 liters of water, but should’ve had more. With the addition of North Peak, this hike came in at right about 15 miles with a little over 4000ft of elevation gain.
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    3 years, 8 months ago
    Great strenuous hike, possibly the last spring like weather before the dry heat sets in. Still many wildflowers, with rattle snakes and hawks around.
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