Juniper to the Summit Loop Trail and Meridian Ridge

HARD 46 reviews
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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
2089 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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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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29 days ago

Definitely recommend taking the Bald ridge trail as a short cut. Lovely views.

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1 month ago

Beautiful blooms this year. Challenging hike but worth the views.

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2 months ago

first timer on this trail and ap.

2 months ago

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3 months ago

This trail should be rated as HARD. Not moderate. Extreme inclines and declines. It's a GORGEOUS loop, just be prepared for the 6.5 miles of a solid hearty hike!

3 months ago

Great views on the way to the summit!

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

It was a foggy day and we couldn't see much far away, but the nature we saw was beautiful. According to fitbit and myFitnessPall app the loop had at least 8 miles. Maybe the apps had wrong info-maybe the website. It seemed more than 6.3miles. But it took us 3 hours to go around. We had a normal, not fast or slow pace. I gave 5 stars to this trail. I am planning to do it again.

5 months ago

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

We did this route clockwise with some variations. We start at the Diablo Valley Overlook (DVO) parking area (near Juniper campground).  We hiked to the summit with a short side trip to Moses Rock Ridge, taking the Mary Bowerman Trail around the summit and then up to the summit itself for a break.  We then went down to the south, connecting with the Summit Trail and returning to the DVO via the Juniper Trail.  This hike was 6.5 miles, 1,371 feet of climb with many great views.

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Great trail that allows you to take many different routes. Gives you a view from every side of Mt. Diablo with some good elevation changes.