Mount Diablo State Park
Contra Costa County
This park is an ecological treasures at the eastern fringe of the San Francisco Bay Region, Mount Diablo, elevation 3,849 feet, stands alone on the edge of California’s great Central Valley. Every season in the park has its special qualities. Discover for yourself the mountain's beautiful wildflowers, its extensive trail system with fascinating wildlife and distinctive rock formations.
The twin peaks of Mt. Diablo dominate the East Bay landscape, but it has a lesser known third peak that we will explore on this hike.
Starting from the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area we take Oak Trail to Coulter Pine Trail. Then right on the Bruce Lee Trail and right again on Back Creek Trail. Here’s where the real fun begins! Back Creek takes us through a deep winding canyon at the end of which we ascend to Murchio Gap. At this intersection we turn onto the Eagle Peak Trail. We follow along the ridgeline and up to the Peak at an elevation of 2369’, where we will have our meeting. We will return by continuing on the Eagle Peak Trail then veering left on the Mitchell Rock Trail.
Parking Fee: $6.00 Exact Change Required No Dogs Allowed Weather can change dress in layers. Bring and Use Sun Block.
From San Jose Go North on Interstate 680 towards Concord & take the Ygnacio Valley Road exit in
Walnut Creek. Turn Right on Ygnacio Valley Road and follow approximately 7.5 miles. Turn Right
on Clayton Road, go 1 mile and turn Right on Mitchell Canyon Road. Follow the road to the end to
the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area.
Drive time from San Jose approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.