(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.