Juniper to the Summit Loop Trail and Meridian Ridge

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Juniper to the Summit Loop Trail and Meridian Ridge is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Walnut Creek, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1896 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

no dogs

Hike to the summit of Mt. Diablo. This loop trail circumnavigates the summit and you will enjoy stunning views in all directions. This is a must do if this is your first time to the State Park. Take the Juniper Trail to the Summit Trail. Then North Peak Trail to Prospectors Gap Trail. Return via the Meridian Ridge Trail. At the summit you can look to the west, beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Farallon Islands; southeast to the James Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton at 4,213 feet elevation; south to Mount Loma Prieta in the Santa Cruz Mountains at 3,791 feet elevation, north to Mount Saint Helena in the Coast Range at 4,344 feet elevation, and still farther north to Lassen Peak in the Cascades at 10,466 feet

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Went with a group of guys and no one fell out but, people started to slow down closer to the top. Make sure to bring water, since we are young and stupid guys... we decided to start this trail at 11:00 AM local time and ended up exposed and in the open, which is 90% of the fire-trail.

Good Exercise and awesome views, this is a definite!

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A lot of this is on a fire road rather than an actual trail. We went clockwise, starting on Meridian Ridge and ending on Juniper. The bits that weren't on the fire road were nice, but the fire road itself was steep uphill and downhill all the way. Bring three-four water bottles on this hike and be prepared for a beating! I woke up with a nosebleed, and I'm going to be sore for days.

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Hiking to the summit is hard and you will need plenty of water and a few snacks to keep your energy up. Don't forget your sunscreen and insect repellent. Hard hike but worth it!

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Parked the car at the Juniper overlook (no signs that said you couldn't!). Went clockwise direction so I could finish downhill. Took the Bald Ridge Trail as a "short cut" - walked right by it the first time, it's a bit hidden. It's very goaty, steep, rocky, and lots of poison oak. But shaved a half-mile off the lower trail. Nice visitor's center at the summit. Hazy summer day, but still impressive views.

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