Mitchell Creek to Diablo Summit is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until June.
This is a difficult yet rewarding hike to the summit of Mt. Diablo. Be prepared for lots of elevation change and hot temperatures. Begin at the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area. take Mitchell Canyon Trail to Meridian Ridge Trail to Juniper Trail to the Summit Trail. Parking is $6 per car, you pay just before entering at a kiosk. Restrooms and a visitor center are available at the trailhead. The parking lot opens at 8 A.M and is accessible until sunset.
Great trail, definitely long and tiring, but well worth it
Great hike with amazing views. A very rock trail on the way down
such a lovely trail to be on... the soil is rich with history.
I enjoyed the hike but the payoff at the summit was disappointing mainly because there's a visitor center, accessible by road, at the top. Kind of takes away from the feeling of accomplishment after the climb when you're surrounded by a bunch of people on the summit who drove up. It was cloudy the day we went but I imagine the views are great on a clear day. I agree with other reviewer's comments about bringing layers because it can be cold and it's definitely a full day hike.
Definitely a difficult full day hike - get here early.
Note this route doesn't include going to the full peak. In actuality, it is about 14 miles total for the loop.
Great views on a clear day! Bring a jacket as can get cold.
it was cool