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A tot of tree cover. Great hike for the hotter months

Awesome hike. Do the Moses Ridge out and back off the Juniper Trail (adds 0.8 miles) for some more great views.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail maintenance was done so the trails are no longer overgrown as someone reported earlier. The trail also differs from the map slightly as there's an out and back to the top. Beautiful hike, especially this time of year when everything is so green. I recorded 5.1 miles (not the 4.5 stated).

good little running trail

It was a great scenic view. you'll be awed by the various sizes of mountains, sky view, fog mingling among mountains, trees , landscapes etc.
I hike with my two daughters 8 and 10years old from Rock city parking lot to summit of Mount diablo. it took us 3.25hrs up and 2.5hrs back. it was a great hike. i'm proud of my girls!!. the only scray part was the stretch from a big water storage tank to devils spot was a single file hiking which any mistake could be disastrous. my recommendation at such spots are to have a firm gripping shoe and or a hiking stick or suffice like we did : have a normal sturdy tree branch stick we picked from the ground. at this spot it was kind of slippery during returning back so we had to bend a little to enforce our grip. I'm sure experienced hikers won't have a problem.
The kids in the end loved it all.
you'll need lots of water going up,(at least 3bottles each person) you'll be able to refill at the summit.
we saw a rattle snake which was basking itself in the sun. there was no need to panic. The kids got to play with sand also on the way. just being kids.
on arrival back at rock city, the kids had 5mins to enjoy the rocks , cause as you can imagine we were all spent.
I'm sure you'll all enjoy the hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful easy trail that has great variety of creek and water, to wide open meadows, and narrow pathways shaded by redwoods. Not suitable for children i’d say and best for hikers and mountain bikers.

We did this clockwise, starting at the parking area in the back of the Juniper campground. Views are amazing as you make a full circle around the summit of Mt. Diablo. There are some rather steep sections in this loop. The Bald Ridge Trail in particular is like a roller coaster, twisting and turning and steeply climbing up and down, but there are some spectacular view points in that section. It tooks us about 4 hours with a lunch break at the summit.

NIce Hike,
Not to hard and just the right amount of uphill before heading back down. We did spend some time scoping out some of the other local trails.
Everything is nice and green still.
Uploaded tracks of 8.6 miles due to site seeing.

Family friendly flat Ezy walk you can ride your bike next to the water you can rent a boat you can also fish in the lake there’s parking on the street so you don’t have to pay the lot parking there’s also picnic area and BBQ pit

Beautiful hike! Took Top Loop to Volcanic loop, with a detour to the frog ponds. Been seeing some rain so everything was a beautiful green with the yellow tree blossoms. Mostly flat with some fun scrambles up steep hillsides for some stellar views!

the only issue i have with the place is not the place itself but the irresponsible and sometimes even arrogant dog owners who allow their dogs to go off leash. there is so much info provided by the ebrpd about conservation and the impact of y'alls dogs disturbing the fragility of flora and fauna of the park. there are hella dog friendly nature spots in the bay stop encroaching on areas that really need protection. i'm grateful rangers ticket the hell outta y'all. please humble yourself and get educated and examine your sense of responsibility and care to the future of humxnkind and mama nature.

other than that, what is not to love about this place? been going there since a wee thing with my fam. thx ebrpd, government regulation (ya hear, neoliberals and libertarians?), and tax mula for keeping these parks so accessible, protected enough, and natural.

Just did this hike today; it was the perfect length for a nice Sunday stroll. I highly recommend doing it while the hills are green and lush from the winter rain (see the pics I uploaded). Don't wear nice sneakers if it just rained though; they will get muddy!

It was a good hike, pretty much downhill all the way on the Stream Trail, and then bursts of good short climbs on the way back through the French Trail. We saw wild flowers and lots of dogs on the Stream Trail, but once we got onto the French Trail, there wasn't much traffic. The whole trail was quite muddy though because of the rains.

Lovely trail with views. Feb and March seem like a great time to go to avoid the heat and rattlesnakes.

on Lake Chabot Trail

1 month ago

Great, very scenic trail. Thankful to live close enough to enjoy it often.

Nice hike, lots of lovely dogs, very pretty but not spectacular. I went during the week l, so there was plenty of parking and many times where I was alone on the trail.

Beautiful country side. Mostly open trails, not paved. Everyone is in a great mood, even the dogs are friendly.

Was a fun trail took about 3 hours to complete. You get to see a great sight of SF through the trees. It was the first time actually going on a hike with my girl and my dog.

What a great hike.

What is good about this trail: 1. Great views! This side is facing the Bay, so as you go higher (and especially on your way back) you'll see the Bay, Walnut Creek, Concord, Dublin/Livermore and other local towns. 2. Sun. It could be good or bad depending on the season. Makes it a great winter hike, but could be too hot for summer (then look at the East side tails). 3. Smooth trail and mild incline. Relatively gentle, not too hard. 4. Water and restrooms. 5. Educational posters along the way explaining the history and geology of this area. The not so good things: 1. Entrance fee. You need to pay to get there. 2. Limited parking (to compare there are trails from Clayton with more parking and no fees) 3. The trail follows the road so it could get noisy. Overall, it's a good half a day hike for anyone in reasonable shape, great for kids, just make sure the weather is not too hot and come reasonably early to get a parking spot.

Knocked this one out today in about 3.5 hours round trip. I will probably do it again, just wish there wasn’t a road all the way to the top that allowed tourist to just drive up. I may be old fashioned, but the best part of the hike should be the summit, and that is greatly diminished when everyone can just walk 50 feet from their car to the summit.
If you are more hardcore into hiking and camping. This one will probably just annoy you.

The first half of the trail is not very interesting when the wild flowers are not blooming. Most of the trails are lower in elevation therefore did not have a vista good view. The trail intersects with the summit road at least four times so watch out for traffics. Definitely got more interesting at the latter half close to the summit. A bit disappointing that it is so close to the road at many section if you are looking for tranquility.

Great hike! Crowded! Parking is hard because the lot is small. Had to park down the road. If you follow the suggested route, the first part is paved and relatively flat, the way back is more challenging with some uphills. Trails well marked, easy to follow. Love the dogs!!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked the around the whole lake, it was beautiful. Not to strenuous, we started on the left side by the bathrooms/Marina and would do that again. It was shady and the incline was not to bad.
Going the other way we would of been in the sun during a steep dirt trail portion. Started at 8:30am done by 1:30pm. Stopped after mile 5 or so, found a nice bench with a view for lunch.

The hike and weather was beautiful today 2/10/18. A few big inclines but our 9 year old was able to manage with a few breaks. Although I didnt use this app to record my hike, our loop was 5.02 miles. I gave it 2 stars because it's an overpopulated trail. Lots of groups, bikers, runners and lots lot lots of dogs off leash, even though dogs must be kept on leash. There was a park ranger ticketing people who had dogs were off leash. The parking lot and surrounding area was jammed packed. Even though the trail is beautiful, I wouldn't be back.

Fun, easy hike. A little bit of an incline at the end that makes it more fun! Partially paved, mostly gravel. On a hot day wear a hat!

Parking was a little bit challenge when I arrived this morning. Maybe because it's a weekend. its a great place to hike.

mountain biking
2 months ago

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