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Hike Details for Mitchell Canyon

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Mt. Diablo State Park
Mitchell Canyon
RSVPs - 58 -- YES: 23 NO: 24 MAYBE: 11

Mitchell Canyon
Click the Staging Area/Trail Name above for park information.
City: Clayton
Region: EastBay
Park: Mt. Diablo State Park
Park Map URL: Click Here
Alternate URL: Click Here

Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 9:30 AM


Event Notes:

Mitchell Canyon Hiker's Choice


We'll tackle the north side of Diablo starting at 9:30 am. Hiker's choice of a moderate 5.7 mile/1200' short hike or a challenging 7.7/1940' hike. Please bring exact change, $5 senior/$6 regular. EXPECT MUD.

Starting at Mitchell Canyon we'll head up Mitchell Canyon Road, right on Black Point, left on Fairy Lantern to Red Road. The hikes split here with the short hike turning right to do a separate out and back hike. Continue up Red Road, left on Olofson Ridge Road to the fence. Stop here for a break before returning back down Olofson, right on Red Road, left on Mitchell Canyon Road and back to the cars.

The long hike turns left on Red Road, then right on Mitchell Canyon and the long climb up to Deer Flat. Break at Deer Flat before continuing on Deer Flat, left on Meridian Ridge to Murchio Gap. Take the second left down Back Creek Trail. Continue for 2 miles then cross the creek to the left onto Bruce Lee Road. Follow Bruce Lee all the way passed Coulter Pond, left on Watertower Road, right on Bruce Lee Trail and down to the lower parking lot, then back to the cars.

Please note: This group does not stay together on the hike instead relying on arrows put on the ground with flour to mark turns. You are encouraged to stay with others who are hiking your speed and you should also carry the trail route map (link above) either downloaded to your phone or in paper form.

Please download and/or print out the route map here: Route Map

If you know how to use GPX files, you can download a copy here: GPX File

Contact: Steve Smith
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 325-0805


Trail Notes:

Water and toilets at staging area, Juniper, and at the Summit.


Trailhead Directions:
Click Here for a Map

Meet at Mitchell Canyon Staging area.

From Hwy 24 East and 680 North, take the Ygnacio Valley Road exit. At end of off ramp, turn right at the light onto Ygnacio Valley Road. Continue east for 15-20 minutes (approximately 7 miles) uphill into Concord. At Clayton Road (stoplight) turn RIGHT. At stoplight, turn right onto Mitchell Canyon Road. Follow to the end.

From Antioch/Pittsburg, follow Kirker Pass Road past Pavilion downhill into Concord. At Clayton Road (stoplight), turn LEFT. At stoplight, turn right onto Mitchell Canyon Road. Follow to the end.

Bring exact change of $6 for parking and use the self pay envelopes located at the entrance gate. No change is available. $5 for seniors 55+.

Parking Fee: $6 / $5 for 55+
Other Fees: none

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Thursday, November 30, 2017.

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