Black Diamond Mines Loop Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Black Diamond Mines Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Antioch, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

The hills of Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve east of Concord, California, have been returned to their natural state, making them ideal for hiking, birdwatching and other outdoor adventures. It wasn't always like this: In the 1800s, a coal economy ruled the region. When the coal ran out, the miners moved on, leaving tombstones where towns once stood. Mining resumed years later: this time they dug sand for a local glassmaker. Tours of the old silica sand mines are a popular fixture of Black Diamond Mines. This route starts out in the parking lot on the old Somersville town site, passing the Rose Hill Cemetery and moving on to Nortonville, another town site lost to time.

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1 month ago

beautiful views, and decent trails to walk on. one of my favorite spots in the area!

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2 months ago

amazing place with spectacular views.

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5 months ago

Good trail, did it with 10lb packs to give a couple people a "backpacking simulation". Good day!

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6 months ago

The trail goes through 3 different old mining sites and the Rose Hill Cemetery. It as some pretty good hills and is on the upper side of moderate. I did it in late march so there were some wildflowers starting to bloom. Very good winter and spring hike and probably a 3 1/2 stars for me.

6 months ago

Beautiful golden grassy area, loves the scenery. Far away from everything!