Mount Diablo North Peak Trail

HARD 103 reviews
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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.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,912 feet Route Type: Out & Back



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing

scenic driving

bird watching




wild flowers

no dogs

Take the Summit Rd to the top.

Great trail, clear views

7 months ago

parking on Regency Drive for access to Regency Gate is limited and really bad at times. Very congested and a nightmare to back up and get out due to high volume of traffic. Better access is at Mitchell Canyon where there are picnic tables, restrooms and trashcans as well as ranger station where u can get trail maps.

9 months ago

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.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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!!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

So beautiful!! Bring a lot of water and go early. A lot of trails and mostly uphill. Walking stick would be useful. Watch for rattlesnakes we saw one on the trail and even saw a baby scorpion!

Saturday, March 03, 2018

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

Monday, February 26, 2018

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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Good hike with awesome views.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

awesome views

Monday, December 04, 2017

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

Monday, September 04, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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!! :)

Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Was a hard but, good for exercises

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

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!

Monday, September 26, 2016

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.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

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.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Great hike! On a clear day the views are pretty cool! Beautiful flowers on trail in spring.

Monday, April 18, 2016

well marked Summit trail.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Beautiful day for save Mt Diablo 10k run

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great hike! Bring plenty of water. There is water available at the summit for refill. Not recommended for hot days.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

At age 9, I moved to Concord and had the pleasure of hiking Mt. Diablo several times. The visitor center at the top is a great lookout and the views are worth the trip. I don't make it out to Diablo that much anymore.

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