Mitchell Rock Trail to Counter Pines Trail

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Mount Diablo State Park

Mitchell Rock Trail to Counter Pines Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately 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.

Length3.6 miElevation gain1,145 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Loïc Houssier
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Ruth H
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Very well maintained. Single track and switchbacks - quite steep to get to the peaks. Well worth it. The views at the top and along the way are stunning! One of my favorites.

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Anthony Egbujor
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Amanda H
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rosalind gottfried
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Steep

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Suzannah Thomas
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HikingFeeGreat!RockyScramble

The parking fee was $6 when we visited today. This is a great hike! My best friend and I did this as an evening hike and saw a beautiful sunset and a lot of wildlife, including coyotes and deer. The views from Twin Peaks were amazing–you could see all the way out to Suisun Bay! A couple warnings though: • Some areas of the Eagle Peak Trail part of the loop had eroded quite a bit • There were several areas that required an easy rock scramble during the final ascent to Twin Peaks • Parking is $6 • The length of the loop is closer to 4 miles than indicated here

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Victor Enriquez
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amazing

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Ross Minor
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very good hike for exercising and nice views!

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Priscilla Som
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It was actually 4miles. Worth the hike

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Nanyonjo M
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Mary Alden
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A beautiful day at Mt Diablo with a stunning display of wildflowers! Mount Diablo state park has been a favorite place in the Bay Area for many wildflower enthusiasts to see so many incredible varieties of wildflowers. In abundance, we seen Shooting Star, Interior Goldenbush, Indian paintbrush in various colors, purple owls clover, milkmaids, snowdrops and Viola Calfora. The trails were dry and it was a real treat to be away from being quarantined at home. Not a lot of people out which was nice.

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Daniel Rijavec
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HikingFeeScrambleWashed out
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Bella Brody
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Beautiful hike with lots of peaks and vistas. For beginners like us, this was a tough 3.5 hour hike including breaks. First portion is mostly uphill, then on the way down from twin peaks, there’s lots of loose gravel that was slippery. Very rewarding, but challenging. We didn’t see a single other hiker the whole time. Ending on a service road was a nice respite.

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Mason Stone
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Tim Barnes
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HikingBugsRocky

The trail splits early in and we chose to go left first. If doing it again, I’d probably do right first given that the decent in our case was pretty rocky and slid a lot. It had great views of Mount Diablo and the surrounding area. The grasslands on the approach with the oak groves were pretty fantastic. Watch out for poison oak after the grasslands as there is a lot.

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Mike DeMicco
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Hiked this trail again earlier this week from the end of Montaire Parkway in Clayton, and did it clockwise. I also hiked out and back up to the top of Eagle Peak. This is one of my favorite hikes on the mountain. Beautiful views. Lots of wildflowers.

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Katsy Pline
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This is a fantastic trail in the spring. A huge variety of wildflowers dot the hillsides as you wind your way through meadows and forest until you reach the peak. Probably not the best trail in the summer.

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Chet Miller
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Awesome views. Do this trail at the end of March or early April for tons of wildflowers.

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Mike DeMicco
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First to Review

Nice hike. I think I would do it the other way around because Eagle Peak Trail has a lot of small rocks/talus for long stretches of trail that you can slip on.

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Craig Atkins
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