Juniper and Summit Trail Loop

MODERATE 89 reviews
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Juniper and Summit Trail Loop is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,003 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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1 month ago

Fun trail!

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2 months ago

as others have said, do the hike up the Juniper trail first (clockwise on the loop). The climb to the lower summit has more shade on that side for the ca. 1000 foot climb this hike starts off with. The summit trail is 99.9% unshaded and was much better for the walk down the mountain. The benefits of an exposed trail is that the view is incredible.

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2 months ago

Good moderate trail! Steep to start, no wild flowers

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rocky
2 months ago

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no shade
3 months ago

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bugs
3 months ago

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no shade
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Completed this on a cloudy weekday, so the trail was pretty empty. Excellent mix of views, beautiful green rolling hills after the rains, clear views from the summit. Great trail for a low traffic day - probably would not want to attempt during a weekday in the summer. Note - there's $10 entrance fee to the park.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great mix of sun and shade—mostly sun—and it’s a well maintained trail. I’d recommend going up the summit first, as it’s the steepest part of the loop. Lots of wildlife and not too busy, even on a gorgeous day. If parking is limited you can always park up at the summit in the giant parking lot and hike down. Gorgeous views everywhere!

7 months ago

enjoy the last month of free parking . Regency drive is going to be RESIDENTIAL Permit parking soon. While it was fun hosting all the hikers for several years. it will be nice to enjoy our quiet neighborhood again. Go to Mitchell Canyon to enjoy the park.

hiking
7 months ago

Green views

hiking
8 months ago

Written by my awesome 6 year old: “mount Diablo was great. It was very high. A lot of falling in the process. My favorite thing was the nature. Like an animal. For example, a bird. It was a really good hike. I think you might love it.”

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11 months ago

Didn't plan on this trail but we ended up here. So glad we did! Hard incline at first, but worth it when we got to the lighthouse at the top. So beautiful. Air was fresh, weather was cool. They scenery absolutely gorgeous.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Trail was a great length for the evening. Elevation change was just right for a workout and the views and sunset were perfect. Would definitely do this one again.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Nice hike. Took about 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Great mix of scenery and views.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Awesome challenging hike with great views.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Nice short trail added to our Grand Loop hike. It was great weather and everything is still green and blooming. Watch for poison Oak and tickets. My tracks are weak due to my driod acting up.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Good hike! Nice added hike to the Grand Loop Hike. Nice cool day and things were green and blooming.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This was an easy to moderate hike with some incline, but overall not too strenuous and accessible for most hikers and ability levels. There is parking at the trailhead, and the path is clearly marked. I’d recommend including a visit to the summit and visitor center once you’re up there. There is an observation deck that offers great views and a small museum. It was chilly and windy when I ascended mid April but much of the trail is in sun so it evened out temperature wise. Spring seemed like a nice time to do the climb as everything was very green and scenic. FYI there is a fee to enter Mt Diablo State Park so be prepared for that.

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Saturday, February 03, 2018

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Good family day out. Two adults and a 5 year old with hiking experience. Distance was in our range, elevation gain could prove to be challenging for those that don't get out there as often as they like. About 4 hours total with brief stops for the view and lunch, plus the optional trek up to the summit. Recommend going up the north east route and finishing on the southwestern Juniper trail around sunset. Could be a very hot journey during summer. Unparalleled views of the Bay Area that provide perspective and regional orientation. If elevation gain and loss isn't a problem, this is absolutely worth the time and effort it takes to get to the trailhead.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

very beautiful views, we didn't do the entire trail. if you have children and they aren't used to the inclines it may but a little more difficult for them. We just did the juniper, turned around and came back down.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Nice loop. Starts with the uphill and the rest is pretty easy.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

So beautiful. Can see all the way the San Francisco at the top.

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