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Best trails in Diablo

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Looking for a great trail near Diablo, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Diablo State Park or San Bruno Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like McNee Ranch or Huddart Park. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Diablo ranging from 2.6 to 7.9 miles and from 748 to 2,296 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Diablo
Top trails (15)
#1 - Juniper to the Summit Loop Trail and Meridian Ridge
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
Hike to the summit of Mt. Diablo. This loop trail circumnavigates the summit and you will enjoy stunning views in all directions. This is a must do if this is your first time to the State Park. Take the Juniper Trail to the Summit Trail. Then North Peak Trail to Prospectors Gap Trail. Return via the Meridian Ridge Trail. At the summit 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 Lassen Peak in the Cascades at 10,466 feet $10 fee at the gate.Show more
#2 - Summit Trail to Rock City and Sentinel Rock
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Please note: it is unclear where to park to access this trail. Please research prior to your visit. The hike starts by the south entrance to Mt. Diablo State Park and follows the Summit trail past the Live Oak camping area. From there it's just a short walk to the Rock City area in the park which is marked by a wide variety of rock structures including the so-called 'wind caves'. These were actually formed through erosion by flowing water creating large hollowed-out areas in the sandstone. A prominent feature is Sentinel Rock that stands well above the surroundings and provides a panoramic view from its summit. There are steps carved into the rock and iron railings at key points for safety when climbing to the top.Show more
#3 - Rock City, Wind Caves, and Sentinel Rock
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 38 m
#4 - Summit Trail from South Gate
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 6 h 36 m
#5 - Oyster Point Trail
Diablo, California
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
#6 - South Gate to Summit via Summit Road
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 22 mi
#7 - Juniper Campground To Moses Rock
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 44 m
#8 - Mt Diablo Summit Trail to Wildcat Group Camp
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
#9 - Condor, Coyote, Stone Corral, Valley View, Manzanita, Miwok, Blue Oak, Hummingbird, Volvon, Prairie Falcon [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 54 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Park Features: Acquired in 1976, this park is a key section of a much larger multi- agency open space corridor that protects Mount Diablo and its foothills. Sandstone hills within the park’s 4,708 acres are adorned in spring with more than 90 species of wildflowers, including the Diablo sunflower which grows only in the foothills of Mount Diablo. Deer, coyote and even the elusive mountain lion may be seen here, and a variety of raptors frequently soar overhead. The staging area at 9601 Morgan Territory Road has picnic tables, restrooms and drinking water. Trail Highlights: This route features a number of unique habitats, from a creek to chaparral-filled hillsides and grasslands to ridge-top oak woodland. Expansive views of Mount Diablo and the eastern slope of the Roger Epperson Ridge lie to the west. Mount St. Helena can be seen to the north, and to the east, the Bay-Delta, Round Valley Regional Park, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, and the snow-covered Sierra Nevada. Although the difference between the highest point (2,046’) and lowest point (1,346’) is only 700 feet, the total elevation gain on this hike is 1,640 feet. All hikers are advised to bring a couple liters of water. The best time to hike this trail is in the spring, when temperatures are cool, and wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Trail Directions: Begin at the staging area information board, starting on Condor Trail. Quickly veer left onto the Coyote Trail after .12 miles, descending to a creek bed. As you come out of the shaded area after .68 miles, continue on the wide Coyote Trail. After .76 miles, continue straight onto Stone Corral Trail. Pass by Volvon Trail on your right and Eagle Trail on your left, as you loop north to southeast. Go left at Valley View Trail. Hike .74 miles and go left onto Manzanita Trail. Continue for 1.2 mile, then turn right onto Miwok Trail. Head uphill for .77 miles then turn right onto Blue Oak Trail. After a short while, turn left onto Hummingbird Trail and a then quick left onto Volvon/Bob Walker Trail. Hike .21 miles and turn right on Prairie Falcon Trail, an exciting, scenic loop. After the loop, turn right onto the Volvon/Bob Walker Trail. Turn right again onto the Condor Trail and follow this trail back to the parking lot.Show more
#10 - Highland Ridge, Raven and Fox Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info.Show more
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