Mt. Diablo

(Written by Bill)

Living in Northern California allows us access to a large variety of geographic environments.  We are within 70 miles of the Pacific Ocean and about 100 miles to Mountains.  We have dozens, if not hundreds, of lakes to visit and if we prefer the desert we are only a few hours away by car.  Now, I can assure you that we do take full advantage of our location, traveling often to each of these places, enjoying some of the best that mother nature has to offer.

With this in mind we decided to post a blog that would be much closer to home, someplace within the San Francisco Bay Area that we can travel to in mere minutes.

For this blog we focus on Mount Diablo which is a mountain in Contra Costa County, California which is located within the San Francisco Bay Area just south of Clayton and northeast of Danville. It is one of the higher points in the Bay Area at an elevation of 3,849′ and a gorgeous place to hike (just minutes from where we live).  Mount Diablo has three other peaks around it, North Peak (3,557′), Eagle Peak (2,369), and Mount Olympia (2,946) which makes for a long hike if you wish to summit all four peaks in a single day.

If on the other hand you prefer the comfort and ease of driving, there is a road on the Danville side that will take you up to the top and an observation point, however, we elected to hike and selected a trail-head on the north side near Clayton.

The photo’s I show in this blog were taken during a hike we made up to Mt Olympia and North Peak. The beginning of the day was beautifully clear but later on, as we reached the top of North Peak, the fog and clouds began to roll in.

It only takes a few hours to make the round trip and I promise you it is a great place to go and unwind, leaving the hustle and bustle behind, if only for a few hours.

Hope you enjoy.

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6 Responses to Mt. Diablo

  1. Janet says:

    Loved this post, a reminder of home. Every time I drive home (to my parents’ house) and see Mt. Diablo, I say in my head, “There’s my mountain.” Funny thing is, I hardly ever visited there. But we could see it from our kitchen window when I was growing up and each December 7th we’d watch for the beacon.

    • motioners says:

      What great memories of the Bay Area. Great to hear from you Janet and have been really enjoying your posts. I haven’t been good at commenting but keep um coming. Thanks for chiming in, your comments are always welcome. bill

  2. likeitiz says:

    Are the hiking trails dog-friendly? We like to bring our Great Dane when we go hiking.

    • motioners says:

      Sorry for the long delay in responding, but hope this answers your question:

      Here is a quote from the Mt Diablo website,
      “At Mount Diablo State Park, dogs are allowed only in developed areas (picnic sites, campgrounds, and paved roads) and must be on a leash at all times. While camping, dogs must remain in a tent, camper or enclosed vehicle during the night. Noisy, vicious, or dangerous dogs are prohibited.”

      I would assume no dogs on trails since they are not paved. Happy trails, bill

  3. waseemsufi says:

    Excellent views. Thanks for sharing!!

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