Mt Diablo: North Peak Trail Hike

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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*At the eastern fringe of the San Francisco Bay Region, Mount Diablo, elevation 3,849 feet, stands alone on the edge of California’s great Central Valley. At this point, the Coast Range consists only of low hills, none high enough to block the view from the upper slopes of the mountain. As a result, the view is spectacular. 

*Mount Diablo is a popular place to view the truly stunning scenery of coastal and central California-a kaleidoscope of deep bays, agricultural plains, and rugged mountains. To appreciate the physical aspect and spirit of Mt Diablo, explore it on foot and come into close contact with the plants and wildlife, the unique geology, even traces of forgotten history. An excellent system of trails is available to the adventurous ad to those who simply seek moments of peace and solitude to revitalize their spirit. 

This hike goes for a counter clockwise loop up from the Regency Gate Trailhead in Clayton to Mt Diablo’s North Peak. Begin this hike at the end of Mountaire Pkwy-descend the steep trail to the Regency Gate Trailhead.

At the first Donner Canyon Rd junction: turn right onto Back Creek Trail and head up the low hill through the oak grasslands. The trail winds 2.6 miles with a steady climb up to Murchio Gap.

At Murchio Rd junction: go straight to stay on Back Creek Trail. The trail winds along Back Creek through the dense foothill woodlands, riparian habitat and creek crossings.

Some wildflowers!

At Tick Wood Trail junction: go straight to stay on Back Creek Trail. The trail narrows as it follows along side the creek.

At Meridian Point Trail junction: go straight to stay on Back Creek Trail. The trail continues through the dense woodlands and opens out along the side of the mountain on a rocky gravelly road.

Stats:
9.75 Miles with 3207′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 3515′
Time: 5 hours with a couple of stops
Hike: Challenging-strenuous
Parking: Free street parking at the end of Mountaire Parkway in Clayton.
No facilities & no water. Descend steep trail to the park gate below.
Bring water & food/snacks-No amenities along the trails
NO DOGS ALLOWED

Weather: Sunny & warm with temps ranging from the low 60’s to the low 70’s-NW winds

Directions: Regency Gate > R-Back Creek Trail > L-Bald Ridge Trail > North Peak > Prospectors Gap Rd > Middle Trail > Meridian Ridge Rd > Donner Canyon Rd > Regency Gate

*The current edition “Mount Diablo Trail Map” is available for purchase at the park entrance stations, Summit Visitor Center and Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center in Mt.  Diablo State Park. They are also available at selected retail map distribution stores such as REI and on-line at MDIA’s Store.

North Peak

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