Rose Hill Cemetery and Lower Chaparral Loop

Antioch, California

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A duo of trails in this former coal-mining district lead hikers to a historic cemetery and among the dark shafts that yielded black diamonds to the miners who worked them. Views of Suisun Bay and a walk on smooth sandstone punctuate the trails. The riches gleaned these days from Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve include nuggets of history and snapshots of an engaging landscape. But in bygone times these steep hills and canyons yielded fortunes to miners carving black diamonds—coal—from the earth. These two trails showcase some of the shafts from which miners extracted their livelihoods, and the cemetery that documents the deaths of workers and families who were pioneers in the foothills of Diablo.
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by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)

A duo of trails in this former coal-mining district lead hikers to a historic cemetery and among the dark shafts that yielded black diamonds to the miners who worked them. Views of Suisun Bay and a walk on smooth sandstone punctuate the trails. The riches gleaned these days from Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve include nuggets of history and snapshots of an engaging landscape. But in bygone times these steep hills and canyons yielded fortunes to miners carving black diamonds—coal—from the earth. These two trails showcase some of the shafts from which miners extracted their livelihoods, and the cemetery that documents the deaths of workers and families who were pioneers in the foothills of Diablo.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Antioch
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
Local Maps: USGS Antioch South
Driving Directions: Directions to Rose Hill Cemetery and Lower Chaparral Loop

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May 2018