Rock City to the Summit of Mount Diablo

MODERATE 94 reviews
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Rock City to the Summit of Mount Diablo is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Danville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2299 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

From Rock City hike up to the summit. This trial offers scenic views and breathtaking climbs. Although steep in sections, it is a great hike. This park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area. Many visitors to Mount Diablo head straight for the summit to enjoy the famous view. Summer days are sometimes hazy, and the best viewing is often on the day after a winter storm. Then, 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 Mount Lassen in the Cascades at 10,466 feet. North and east of Mount Diablo the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers converge to form the twisting waterways of the Delta. To the east beyond Califomia's great central valley, the crest of the Sierra Nevada seems to float in space.

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This is a HARD trail, very little shade, and consistent inclined on the way up. Don't go on a hot day

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Used to hiking in the PNW, so I'll be honest here: was no expecting the heat and lack of shade. It was a tough hike that did offer a nice (albeit brown) view of the surrounding landscape in 360. If you look closely you can see SF from the summit, though not as nice a view as the summit of Mt. Tam.

Warning: there are water spouts along the trail. Don't drink from any of them except the one at the summit in the parking lot.

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A lengthy and a moderate level hike. Not so crowded for a 4th of July weekend. Most of the trees and flowers were dried and it was not a scenic hike.

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