Hike America: Northern California
by Dan Brett (The Globe Pequot Press)
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Interesting view, not exactly remote (lots of people, cars, etc.), But a good semi-strenuous walk with some great long distance views. Very Colorful, Warm and Sunny with a slight cool breeze.
I can't imagine a more perfect hike as an introduction to Mt. Diablo and the varied terrain the park offers. Stands of Bay Laurel, pine and oaks line the initial portions of the hike and end with wide expanses of juniper.
The trail is very well marked and at various portions enters campgrounds and picnic areas replete with bathrooms and water which can be handy at times.
On the day we went (early spring), trees and shaded areas near the upper portions of the mountain were covered with ice, formed from the previous evening's rain storm and subsequent chilling winds. Regardless of the season, these upper sections can be quite windy, so be prepared with appropriate clothing, even in the non-winter months.
The views from the observation tower is incredible as one can see in all directions for many, many miles. Even on a somewhat overcast day, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge are easy to spot.
Be careful of vehicles as you cross the park's motorways. The trail crosses or parrallels the road many times.
Hike was wonderful! Some moderately steep sections on the way up, easier on the way down.
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