Summit Trail from South Gate

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Summit Trail from South Gate is a 11 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Diablo, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking.

Distance: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,221 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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1 month ago

No parking. I don’t mean limited, or just a few spots. I mean the street is lined with boulders to prevent anyone from parking anywhere near the trailhead. You cannot park anywhere near the trailhead. I drove on and hiked from rick city

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4 months ago

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6 months ago

Firstly, there are a ton of people on this trail because a road goes through the park with turnouts and picnic tables. There are a billion trails through the park so you have to keep consulting your phone to make sure you’re still on the trail. The trail crosses the road at least 5x. Disappointing overall because this isn’t nature and you won’t see much wildlife with this many people and cars. This is my first and last visit to Mt Diablo.

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muddy
7 months ago

This was a good hike. I enjoyed it a lot. Unfortunately, we went after the rain so a section was very muddy and hard to get up. We also went early in the morning around 9. other than that it was a fun trail to the top. Definitely watch out for cars because we had to go through 3 different roads and there are no crosswalking signs. Lastly, we had to park more into the mountain because there wasn't parking at point on the map. It reduced maybe 2 miles.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

I did this hike yesterday. It's pretty tough but the trail is well maintained, there are several (4) toilets along the way, and there's water at the top of the mountain and in one of the campgrounds 1/3 of the way up. This trail is also used by mountain bikers.

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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Starting from the Mt. Diablo South Gate entrance near Blackhawk, our group completed most of the full Summit Trail. This trail starts out in the shaded foothills of the mountain, proceeds past Rock City, and continues up the south face of the mount, gradually becoming more exposed, and steeper. The route is mixed between foot trail and fire roads.. Our group was forced to turn back a half mile from the summit, so if you're looking for a challenge definitely recommend. There is no water and only a couple outhouses, so come prepared with snacks and plenty of water.

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