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on Diablo View Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Good moderate level hike. Beautiful views. Lots of cows. The map on here takes you to a private road that you cannot go through. To get to this trail, keep going on happy valley rd then make a right into bear creek rd. until you get to Bear Creek Staging on the right. There's a few parking lots. Gets pretty windy when you get higher too. Overall, great hike. Made it in 3 hrs, 4 miles with frequent breaks. Our 5 year old hiked the whole way himself and 2 year old was on my back most of the time. Kids loved it.

trail running
16 days ago

Beautiful view of Mt. Diablo.

I'll definitely do it again but not in the summer. it's now beginning of June and we suffered our way up, we took the loop starting right and it's all up without any bit of shadow. I wonder if by taking the loop clockwise it would have been less strenuous. Good thing: my dog came back without ticks and he was jumping through the high grass constantly. Also we encountered many ponds on our way which he used to refresh. He clearly enjoyed it more than us.

hiking
22 days ago

Great loop with a mix of climbing and flat terrain. Gorgeous views from Mt Diablo to the Carquinez bridge. Had to navigate around a herd of about 30 cows at one point blocking the trail. A lot of cattle gates along the trail. Make sure to bring plenty of water for a hot day. Lots of lizards, wild flowers, and birds.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice combination of creek side hike, open space and views of Mt Diablo

Awesome hike. We parked at Alhambra Creek Staging area. The parking fee is $3 and there is an extra fee for dogs of $2 per dog (we weren't charged the dog fee due to the small size of our dogs. They are both around 5 pounds.). The trails are well marked and easy to navigate. We had our two small dogs with us and they did great. There are a few different trail options you can take, so your hike can be extended quite a bit. The sections we took had some nice, moderate hill climbs and down grades, and a small part where there was some water on the trail. Most of the trail was open with no shade, but there are a few shady sections at the beginning and towards the end. Really nice views of the valley on the upper sections.

Great long hike. Not much shade. Lots of beautiful wildflowers. Lots of cows grazing at the beginning. Good views.