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Mount Diablo North Peak Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 1,912 ft Route type Out & Back
Camping Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers No dogs
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Please note that the summit visitor center is closed due to COVID-19.

Take the Summit Rd to the top.

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D Ell
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If you've done mission peak, this hike is comparable. Lots of exposed sections and gravel. There was a section near the top that was almost single-track, so no ability to social distance. There are water fountains at the peak, however the Summit visitor center was closed. The views are great and overall a worthwhile hike. Make sure you bring more water than you think you need if it's particularly hot. We brought 2 bottles, but I ended up re-filling the bottles twice at the Summit. Felt like I had partial heat exhaustion afterwards (felt a little nauseous). It was about 85-90 degrees on our hike and we started around 9 am.

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Praveen Suggala
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What a beauty and what an adventure.quiet challenging at times but survived and managed. Tasted the best natural water flowing on the mountains,very scenic, yet to do summit trail. Saw a rattle snake at entrance. Going back soon for summit

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Gabriela Cunningham
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Li Ham
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Amazing! This is a great trail taking you way out there where not many people venture. Once you get on the other side of the summit the view of uninterrupted rolling hills goes on and on. Lots of up and down and lots of sun with a few moments of shade. I was lucky today. Most and fog on my way out and then and almost constant cool breeze.

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Mike Dt
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Awesome place to hike , great views from all over the park , did some han radio work out there great times

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Vaibhav Bhandari
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Great trail, clear views

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Corrine S
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Amazing in the winter with rain and fog. I expected it to be a bit tougher but maybe with the heat of spring or summer it earns that hard rating. I’d highly recommend doing it on an overcast day like today though.

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Subbu V
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i gritty hike and some decent formations to view. the hike has two tough sections - near mt. olympia and new the summit. overall it can be a moderate for a pro to hard for occassional hiker. the summit and the ridge trail after my olympia can be windy. it can be a good training ground for longer hikes.

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Bianca Luna
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Some great views but whomever made the markings of this trail did a terrible job, it was very confusing. Also, I don’t think it was very difficult, not sure while it is labeled that way. IF we went through the proper trail, started at Juniper trail then you have to hop on a couple of trails (forgetting the names of them now but luckily a park ranger helped us figure out where to go) then you go down to back out to the road and there is one tiny little sign that shows it’s the North Peak trail but then there is no other signs after that... you just keep going. Once we got to the top there was building of some kind off to the side and we walked around that and there is a nice Peak, it sure if that was North Peak... but like I said the red lines that show you how to get to the trail were terrible and confusing!!

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Corina Darold
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Great views and you just feel like you are in the wide open with no one around.

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M V
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Great views all around! The first mile makes for an awesome workout...nothing but climbing!! Would love to live close to some climbs like this so I can do repeats as my evening workouts. My party followed this route up to the summit then north peak. From there we went on the trail for the Grand Loop Trail.

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Natalie Chai
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awesome views

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anil thapa
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It was great hike with great views of Bay Area and part of Central Valley. Sunset from eagle peak was awesome.

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Scott Feuer
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Would be a five star hike in Spring-Winter. Excellent loop hike from Regency Drive with mostly single track paths (see my track below). Bring lots of water I mean lots and start really early! All of the springs are dry this time of year.

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Heather Quigley
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Challenging, but totally worth it! Come prepared with enough time to enjoy all the views

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Jisha Jacob
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Beautiful scenery on the way to north peak trail. The final slope to the peak is strenuous and dangerous. Need lot of water and there are no place to rest on the north peak. Just be prepared!! :)

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Jessica Messinger
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It was a little frustrating to go up and down on repeat instead of mostly up, but you get to see both diablo and north summit. Bring LOTS of water.

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Francis Iacobucci
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Trekked this a few times training for Rainier. Solid hike.

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Matt Frost
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It's a nice addition to the main Mount Diablo hike.

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Keith Brocar
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It was a good hike, and for early morning it was not crowded at all. The views were breathtaking:)

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niiimz °
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Definitely not a "hard" trail, though navigating some places would have been challenging without GPS and following the map trail rather than just the red line trail on AllTrails. We hiked from the Juniper Trail toward summit trail at the parking lot, up to the North Peak. About 7.5mi there and back. Some steep sections, nice scenery, amazing sunset views on the hike back.

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Junior Quichocho
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So many spots to start. Great view! Going up to the summit great with shade over the trails so you won't get that hot. When u reached the topped, it is just a very beautiful scenic! You could see buildings of SAN Fran and the Golden Gate Bridge from a distant. Make sure bring snack and water, but don't make the bag too heavy. Your calfs or back of your thighs(hamstrings) will burn(fatigue/tiring) when you first start but you will get used to it. Other than that! Go on it! Get to the top! Enjoy the 3,810feet elevation view and see everything!

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Aparna Sinha
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Mt. Diablo has several trails to choose from. However, this is a fall hike. It gets really hot and sunny in summer. The hike gets harder if you do it in summer; you will need lots of water. Lots! Do this hike in the fall, it will be better.

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Rocio Gonzalez
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Tan Zhang
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This is a great hike! We combined this trail with the grand loop hike to make it a 8 mile hike. The view is spectacular, but it's really hot in the later summer with lots of sunshine. Do bring lots of water. We carried 2.5L and ran out of water for the last half mile.

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Jamie Moe
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Beautiful

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