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Another great Diablo loop from Mitchell trail.

It is hard. You’ll wear out your boots. So steep, especially that last stretch at the top. But gotta try it at least once.

So peaceful. A gorgeous time of year

fabulous!
I did this loop from Juniper Campground, so I had about 4 extra miles added on in order to get to and from the camping site. Went down deer flat road to the trail, took the loop clockwise from there, going down Mitchell Canyon Road and back up Mitchell Rock trail and Twin Peaks Trail.
Twas grand in the fall! all the leaves were changle.
Mitchel Canyon Road is a fire road, it's smooth and wide. I really enjoyed the 2nd half of the trail, going up mitchell rock trail and eagle peak trail, because it's a little more rugged and adventurous: narrow path, more rocks to step and climb over. but nothing too strenuous. don't get me wrong though, it was tough. but do-able. I was very grateful that I brought hiking poles. it was also pretty hot- even in mid-October. it was like, 80 degrees.
of course the views were sensational form each peak. From Eagle Peak, I saw beautiful dark mountains. they looked completely black, but they were really just covered in deep green chaparral.
Twas a quiet trail, I saw a handful of people, but it was a week day.
I reached Deer Flat road as the sun was starting to descend in the sky, and the lighting was gorgeous on the hills. It turned all the yellow into gold.
I highly recommend this hike, especially if you are staying at Juniper Campground. and I highly recommend Juniper Campground too.

hiking
1 month ago

I was excited for this one after getting to the Mt Olympia summit the week before. The views are great but the vast majority of the trail is a big, dirt access road so it’s often hard to feel like you’re in the wilderness. Also the peak is overcrowded with the people that drive there, however the little museum inside is pretty neat. Decent elevation gain but wasn’t as strenuous as I was expecting. Lastly it’s easy to feel like you’re cheating as the trailhead starts at 1000ft.

This hike will easily separate the mountain goats from the average hiker. Expect to finish in 4-5 hours if you are average. I smoked this bad boy in sub 3 hours including all my small breaks. Not the prettiest hike in the world but it’s a great workout if you get after it! Make sure you have decent grip on your shoes... I went clockwise and really glad I did. It will start off steep and have lots of loose rocks. Some parts were pretty tricky to get down (for me at least) because it was so steep and my shoes didn’t have the best traction. Once you make it up to the top it’s a pretty smooth and easy way back if you go clockwise. Holla at ya boy if you get sub 3 hours on this one!

trail running
1 month ago

Good trail with some good climbs but the map on the app is deceiving (or I’m just horrible at directions...)! While the trail on here is called Briones crest, don’t follow all the signs for Briones crest in the park...you’ll get lost! The trail on here hops on a few other trails and doesn’t completely stick to the actual Briones crest trail.

nice trail...I want to go back again...

We were there on a Sunday and hardly saw anyone- nice. It is pretty exposed, so make sure you are prepared. We did the loop clockwise, which I would recommend.

It is longer than 12. Great hike overall. For the big ballers. Soreness is a virtue

good trail, mostly covered by trees which was a huge plus when hiking in summer. the trail has some character to it, mix of hard bush, open grassland, Rocky scrambles and some scenic outlooks. the view from top of cordorouy hills was great. overall it's a moderate climb with no section particularly straining you. started early at 7 and finished before 11. there are areas with cattle but mostly it's isolated. good number of local hikers too. overall I would look towards coming back sometime in winter

Beautiful hike for the ready and capable. Not a hike for everyone as seen by the hard eating. A nice thing to know is there are water faucets at the top to refill backpacks or bottles.

Simple straightforward trail hike and easily manageable. Had an 830am start and ended in time for lunch in downtown Danville. Beautiful view and weather was sunny 75F.

It was a good challenging with a rewarding view at the summit. Some of the roads are rocky, narrow and easy to lose your footstep. Definitely recommend start out clockwise loop because at the end it will all be flat and easy fire roads for your tired legs. We took our time and enjoyed the scenery of rolling hills and mountains. My phone said 14.6 miles total because we climbed up to the summit. There was ice creams (cone and sandwich) at the visitor center for your cold sweet fix. Overall, this is a very nice trail! Prepare to spend quite a bit of time conquering it. No less than 4 hours unless you’re extremely competitive ;)!

Overall, really fun hike with amazing vistas and cool landscape changes. Highly recommend going counter clockwise in the loop as there are some parts of the trail that require you to climb up/over some rocks. I would not want to climb down these parts. I think the rocky parts and some very narrow paths with a steep drop-off to one side warrant the 'hard' rating. The elevation change is intense but well spread out. The first 2 miles were the toughest for us, but the views after mille 3 were well worth it. We saw a deer, lots of quail, squirrels, cows, and a gopher snake. Near the rocks, my husband swears he heard a rattlesnake rattle but we didn't stick around to see it. We were cutting it close to sunset so we took a ~0.5 mile shortcut on the very last leg. Excited to come back and do the full loop.

Definitely a hike to go on if you want some sunshine, some shade, a nice trail with mild inclines and water (reservoir) to see along the way. Not sure why this was rated as “hard”. We’d give it a moderate. You can hike as far as you want, and then go back the same way, tailoring the hike to the length of time you desire. We didn’t do the full hike around the reservoir due to time constraints. Bring water and WATCH OUT for poison oak along the sides of trail.

Perfect trail for mountain biking.

3 months ago

Great trail for a moderate workout. Lots of shade.

It’s a very nice trail, but extremely tough if you don’t hike more that 5 miles. On my GPS it actually ended up being 14 miles because we did climb to the summit. If you are and experienced hiker go for it, for people like that I’m not in terrible shape but also don’t run marathons it was really tough!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Have good shoes and lots of water on you.

Easy until you hit Corduroy Trail. I highly suggest to follow the route as written. I doubt that I would have gotten down the rocky parts and up the "stairs" as those were pretty tall. I was able to enjoy Corduroy Trail by going counter clockwise as the directions state. I enjoyed the trails very much, lots of views and the trails were in okay shape. It has enough shade up to the last part as you descend. Take lots of water. I saw more people than animals. A few cows, but they didn't bother me nor I them.

The trails are not marked as well as others that I've been on. I totally missed my turn for Ringtail Cat trail and ended up south of the Ringtail trail head and ended up on Camille. I had to walk down Camille, take the Iron Horse trail back to Hemme. There are a lot of unmarked single tracks and I had taken one up to the top when I first started out, but couldn't find it on the loop back. My fault, so it added a little bit more to the hike.

I would think this would be a very pretty trail after some rains to get the water in the creeks again.

Nice hike with many butterflies, birds. Went left at Deer Flat down Meridian Ridge to Bald ridge to North Peak to Summit. Looped down Juniper trail and back to Mitchell Canyon. very enjoyable day.

Training for the Tahoe Rim Trail. Good workout with the packs. Nice views of the East Bay.

A long hike with lots of uphill but nothing technical about the hike. We did the counter-clockwise version which was probably a mistake because the downhill is pretty tricky. Probably best to come down along the fire road. Nice views from the top. Best to go in the Spring or Fall, as Summer can be too hot.

I seem to have a thing for missing the best hiking time in the spring and starting in the summer when everything is hot, dry, and dying. Did this hike on a hot day (high 80s for most of it). The trail is very exposed so bring plenty of water and sunscreen and maybe a towel for your sweat. There are many spots to appreciate the view but it is very strenuous - we lost a guy on the way up...I hope we see him again someday.

At the base of the peak, we went the wrong way and reached North Peak instead of the main summit (which is about 300ft higher) so we went back down and back up the right way. It didn’t have much consequence besides taking an extra hour and making us feel kind of stupid. I don’t recommend unless you’re really into radio towers.

At the summit there’s a cool museum about the history and wildlife of the mountain. The word “Diablo” was used by Spanish soldiers to describe where a few Native Americans mysteriously escaped, but the mountain itself almost literally rose from the depths of hell (i.e below the earth’s crust).

We also met a cricket with one leg. I asked it how it lost its leg but it just spat at us. I can kind of guess how it lost its leg…or conversely, how it managed to keep the other one.

hiking
4 months ago

Mostly fire roads. Very quiet with a few bikers, but not very many. I saw some horse evidence, but the trails weren't covered with poop, so they must not do this area very much - thankfully! I didn't do the route as written. I turned right a bit too quickly onto Sulphur Springs Trail from Old Finley Rd not far from the old house. The trail identifier was missing so I thought it was Walnut. I followed this trail to Black Hills Trail where I took a left. I took another left at Crestview Rd and followed that to Highland Ridge where I made a left there. Took a right at Morgan Creek Rd and a left on Jeremiah Trail - which is very overgrown and single track. I hung a left at Finley Rd and followed it out to the trail head. My GPS said I went 6.7 miles from the beginning of the trail head and back. This did not include the small .75 hike back and forth to where I parked. I really enjoyed the quietness of the hike, so much that when a bike came upon me, they startled me!

Next time I will probably throw Grizzly Trail to Highland to Morgan Ridge and around to Finley, but that will be done when it cools down a bit. There are many ways to make a nice hike from this area.

I saw one juvenile rattlesnake on Jeremiah Trail, no surprise there. A few turkeys, and raptor feathers. Not much wildlife to be seen today.

Great trail especially in the spring. Good winter hike. Not too many people in the off season. one of the tougher hikes in the bay and the hardest hike I ever got my wife to do...

Went on a very hot day (temperature reached about 90 by midday), but started around 7:30 in the morning to avoid most of the heat. Hiked counter-clockwise and glad we did -- the trail was much more technical on the way up, which I prefer. As noted in other reviews, we measured the trail to be about 14 miles instead of 11.9, so that is definitely something to take into consideration. Views from the top of the mountain were really nice as well.

Summer is not my best friend for hiking inland because it gets too hot and lots of rattle snakes appear. So to avoid it all I went las Tuesday and started at 6am this 11.9 hike in Mt Diablo. Twin peaks, Eagle peak and Mt Diablo Summit. Elevation goes between 300 to 3848ft going up and down the peaks. There is so much wild life out there! I got to see all kinds of insects, birds, deer, rabbits, bobcat, lizards and small snake. Thank goodness, no rattle snakes this time! The views are amazing! If you go early it is much cooler and sometimes there is a lining of fog covering the surrounding cities of Clayton and San Ramon. Pretty much golden and dry during this month except if a creek running parallel to Mitchell Canyon Trail. In spring time Mt Diablo turns completely green and beautiful!

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