Mount Diablo State Park - Mitchell Canyon

Clayton, California 94517

Mount Diablo State Park - Mitchell Canyon

Mount Diablo State Park - Mitchell Canyon Professional Guide

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"Rising to an elevation of 3,849 feet, Mount Diablo is a dominating presence in the East Bay as it towers over the surrounding hills and flatlands. Trails and fire roads within Mt. Diablo State Park provide hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers innumerable routes form which to choose. While the fire roads are wide and generally quite smooth, the extreme steepness of both the uphill and downhill grades make this ride very challenging. It is usually quite dry in the summer months, so be sure to bring along adequate water."

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Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area (The Mountaineers Books)
Laure Latham
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"Birds in a canyon, tarantulas in fall, nature center" Read more
East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties (Wilderness Press)
David Weintraub
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"Climbing 1800 feet to Murchio Gap, a high point on Mt. Diablo’s north side, this rigorous loop uses Mitchell Canyon, Meridian Ridge, and Donner Canyon roads to let you sample the wonders of our premier East Bay park: great views, spring wildflowers, migrating songbirds, and an abundance of native trees and shrubs. The first part of Mitchell Canyon Road is a self-guiding nature trail, with a descriptive leaflet available at the trailhead." Read more
"This creek-to-peak Diablo tour begins at Mitchell Canyon and climbs on fire roads, easily then steeply, to Murchio Gap. Here the fun really begins on a rollicking single-track excursion over knife-edged Eagle Peak. From the exposed peak top, enjoy views of the park, then continue downhill at an often steep grade, back to the trailhead." Read more
Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area (Menasha Ridge Press)
Skye Craft
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"If the climbs featured in the rest of the East Bay rides just haven’t been steep enough and long enough for you, then you should really consider a trip to good old Mount Diablo, the tallest park in this region known for its leg-crushingly steep climbs. This ride attacks the north side of the mountain, circumnavigating Eagle Peak, one of the minor players at a full 1,500 feet lower elevation than the Mount Diablo Summit, via Mitchell Canyon Fire Road." Read more

Mount Diablo State Park - Mitchell Canyon Reviews

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3/5/2011
This is a strenuous but really fun hike. Gorgeous scenery everywhere, and amazing plant life everywhere.
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12/5/2006
A great ride if not that technical. If you like a big climb, this is it. Pay very close attention at Deer Flat! You need to go right but the obvious choice is to go straight ahead.
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3/24/2006
This is an easy walk with some nice views but there were alot of people on the trail (midweek in winter)and far from secluded.
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5/30/2004
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Trail Information

Clayton
Nearby City
9
Distance
1,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,260 feet
Top Elevation

Activity Feed

Dec 2018