Park: Mt. Diablo State Park
Sunday, January 27, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
Experienced Hikers Only. This hike is co-sponsored by the MDIA. This is a stenuous hike, traversing 8.8 miles, with a 1750 foot elevation gain. Contact [email protected], (w) 415-974-2209. Oyster Point is notable for its ancient oyster shells, dating back millions of years to a time when Mount Diablo was beneath the ocean floor.
Cell Phone: (925)
Follow the Knobcone Point Road to the Black Hawk Ridge Road. Turn right onto this road, descend into Sycamore Canyon, and then climb again until you reach Oyster Point Road. Follow this until it fades away. and then climb cross-country to reach the obvious Oyster Point summit (there is no trail). The round trip is 8.8 miles, and the total climb is 1750 feet on up-and-down terrain.
This hike is not difficult, except for the last mad scramble up Oyster Point, around sandstone barricades and avoidable lush groves of poison oak. The summit is a Miocene sandstone hogback, where you may perch on a rocky throne of your choice to view the glorious panorama of San Ramon and the Bay Area beyond, and, in the opposite direction, the wilderness of Jackass Canyon far below. The scenery along the way to your destination is constantly changing and is a source of unending delight - meadow wildflowers in the spring, fall colors in the depths of Sycamore Canyon, and the fantastic Domengine sandstone formations to the east of Knobcone Point at any time.
Directions to Trailhead:
TrailHead Parking Fee: $6
From the North, take Route 680 South toward San Jose. Take the Diablo Road exit toward Danville. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Mount Diablo State Park. Turn left at Diablo Road. Turn right to stay on Diablo Road.
From the South, take 680 North toward Sacramento. Exit on Diablo Road. Turn right at Diablo Road. Turn right to stay on Diablo Road.
Turn left at Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd. Follow the road to the South Gate Entrance to Mount Diablo State Park. Pay the $6 entry fee at the entrance. Continue for about a mile, passing the service yard and picnic area. Curry Point has a paved parking turn-out on the right.
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The trailhead information on this page was last updated Monday, December 10, 2007.