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Hike Details for MITCHELL CANYON (LOOP) via Mountainare Pkwy

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Mt. Diablo
MITCHELL CANYON (LOOP) via Mountainare Pkwy

City: Clayton
Region: EastBay
Park: Mt. Diablo

Sunday, September 10, 2006 @ 10:00 AM

Event Notes:

I have never hiked this spot before, but eager to explore it! Who's game to explore with me? :) ... Look for the white Honda Accord.

Contact: Jennifer   
Cell Phone: (925)

Trail Notes:

The suggested loop follows Mitchell Canyon Road to Deer Flat, Deer Flat Road to Juniper Campground, and Juniper Trail to the Lower Summit Parking Lot. The summit itself is inside the Visitor Center rotunda, a short distance uphill. Return from the Lower Parking Lot alone the Summit Trail to Devils Elbow, then to Prospectors Gap via North Peak Trail. to Murchio Gap via Bald Ridge Trail, down Back Creek Trail to the Coulter Pine Trail at the base of the mountain, and back to the trail head. The loop is 14.0 miles long, and the total climb is 3400 feet.

This is the definitive Mt. Diablo hike - the total mountain experience. It encompasses all of the park's life zones, from meadow lands to rocky summit, and the ever-changing views are simply stunning. A major portion of the loop consists of intimate single-track trails, in close encounter with the wilderness - including some poison oak which invites a cautious eye. Make no mistake - this is a challenging hike, with some astoundingly steep stretches, but the result is exhilarating. In winter time the meadow trails can be very mucky.

Trailhead Directions:
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From Hwy 680, exit at Walnut Creek as follows:

From I-680 Northbound or Hwy 24 East, exit at Ygnacio Valley Road. At bottom of offramp at the stoplight, turn RIGHT on Ygnacio Valley Road. Proceed on Ygnacio Valley Road to Clayton Road in Concord (approx 7.5 miles) and turn right (east).

From I-680 Southbound, exit at Treat Blvd. Turn left at the stop light, then immediate left at the next stop light (Treat Blvd). Follow Treat all the way up the hill into Concord (approx 8 miles). Turn right onto Clayton Road.

Proceed downhill on Clayton Road into the town of Clayton. At stoplight, turn Right onto Marsh Creek Road. At 4-way stop, turn RIGHT onto MOUNTAIRE PKWY. Follow to the End.

From Antioch/Pitttsburg, take Kirker Pass Road westbound and down the hill into Concord. Just past the Concord (Chronicle) Pavilion, turn LEFT at the light at Concord Blvd. Just past Indian Wells Way, Concord Blvd becomes Oakhurst Drive. Stay on Oakhurst and get into middle lane as you approach the intersection with Clayton Road (stoplight). Do not turn, instead continue STRAIGHT thru the intersection and past Fire Station #11. You are now on Center Street. Continue down the hill until you reach Marsh Creek Road (4-way stop). Turn LEFT onto Marsh Creek Road, then RIGHT at the next 4-way stop onto Mountaire Parkway. Continue to the end.

Parking Fee: no charge

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Wednesday, September 06, 2006.

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