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Definitely not a "hard" trail, though navigating some places would have been challenging without GPS and following the map trail rather than just the red line trail on AllTrails. We hiked from the Juniper Trail toward summit trail at the parking lot, up to the North Peak. About 7.5mi there and back. Some steep sections, nice scenery, amazing sunset views on the hike back.
We did this route clockwise with some variations. We start at the Diablo Valley Overlook (DVO) parking area (near Juniper campground). We hiked to the summit with a short side trip to Moses Rock Ridge, taking the Mary Bowerman Trail around the summit and then up to the summit itself for a break. We then went down to the south, connecting with the Summit Trail and returning to the DVO via the Juniper Trail. This hike was 6.5 miles, 1,371 feet of climb with many great views.
So many spots to start. Great view! Going up to the summit great with shade over the trails so you won't get that hot. When u reached the topped, it is just a very beautiful scenic! You could see buildings of SAN Fran and the Golden Gate Bridge from a distant. Make sure bring snack and water, but don't make the bag too heavy. Your calfs or back of your thighs(hamstrings) will burn(fatigue/tiring) when you first start but you will get used to it. Other than that! Go on it! Get to the top! Enjoy the 3,810feet elevation view and see everything!
Kovar trail is mostly uphill and then you drop down into Indian Valley and head back uphill to Ridge Trail. It's a great hike/run if you're training hills but not much shade so plan for that. All the uphill is worth it because running on top the hill on Ridge trail is really cool.
Good area to ride your bike safer than on most streets. Open enough so if you have a little patience it's easy to navigate through walkers. i used to do it in the early afternoon and there was less traffic. It would be a decent and safe place for wheelchairs as well.
I parked at the trailhead and followed Stage Road, then onto the Little Yosemite Valley Trail. There was a steep climb. I turned right onto the Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail. Followed the Mokelumne Coast to the Crest Trail, then hiked another steep climb onto the Shell Ridge Trail and went down to the Diablo Scenic Trail. The Diablo Scenic trail led me back to the parking lot. Total 6.3 miles with average 3.0 mph. I got a good workout.
This is a great hike! We combined this trail with the grand loop hike to make it a 8 mile hike. The view is spectacular, but it's really hot in the later summer with lots of sunshine. Do bring lots of water. We carried 2.5L and ran out of water for the last half mile.