San Jose, California
Mt. Diablo State Park - Winter Retreat
Countra Costa County
Mt. Diablo State Park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area. It's varied terrain and wide range of elevation, give it diverse habitat zones for the plants and animals that are found here. The Mt. Diablo region is home to 11 endemic plant species, meaning they are found nowhere else. These include a variety of manzanita, sun flower, buckwheat and the Mt. Diablo Fairy Lantern.
Although the Morgan Fire of Sept 2013 burned 3,111 acres, fire is actually a natural part of the mountain's ecology. Many of the plants require fire to reproduce, and as we will see, the charred areas have begun the process of regrowth and recovery.
Walking the Walk
Fri & Sat hikes both start from camp. Friday we will hike up to the summit where the observation deck has been reopened giving us a 360° view from the top. We will also hike the Mary Bowerman trail that does a short loop around the summit.
Saturday we are hiking in the south end of the park including an area recently protected by a local land conservation group. They have granted us special access to their property which is not yet open to the public.
Friday: Camp to Summit Hike
Start Time: Noon - Level: 3.5 - Miles: 6 - Elevation: 1,948’
Saturday: Knobcone Point & Oyster Point Loop Hike
Start Time: 9AM – Level: 4 - Miles: 12.25 - Elevation: 2,200'
Sunday (optional): Rock City & Sentinel Rock
Miles: 1.5 - Level: 1.5 - Elevation: 300'
We are camping in Wildcat group campground under a canopy of large oaks.
NOTE: Due to drought conditions water may not be available in the park. Please bring plenty of water.
PARK GATES ARE LOCKED AT SUNSET - please plan your arrival time accordingly.
Campers can register at either the North Gate Entrance Station (1250 North Gate Road, Walnut Creek) or the South Gate Entrance Station (2699 Mt Diablo Scenic Boulevard, Blackhawk).
Take I-680 North and take the Diablo Road exit in Danville. Turn right and follow Diablo Road approx. 3 miles. Turn left on Mt Diablo Scenic Blvd which becomes South Gate Road. In approx 6.5 miles (2.5 miles past the entrance kiosk) turn left into Wildcat Group Camp. Drive Time: 1 ½ hours - Camping Fee: $10 $10 entrance fee per vehicle - No Dogs on hikes Contact Troy H. to RSVP at (925) 785-2238 or firstname.lastname@example.org-->