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Hike Details for Mitchell Canyon - Little Giant Loop

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Mt. Diablo State Park
Mitchell Canyon - Little Giant Loop

City: Clayton
Region: EastBay
Park: Mt. Diablo State Park

Saturday, April 21, 2007 @ 9:00 AM

CarPool Option:
Meet @ 8:30 AM
At: Pine Hollow Middle School, 5522 Pine Hollow Rd, Concord
Click Here for a Map to CarPool Meeting Spot

From San Ramon, take Hwy 680 North towards Sacramento. Or from Orinda/Berkeley, take Hwy 24 towards Walnut Creek. At Walnut Creek, exit at Ygnacio Valley Road. At bottom of off ramp, turn right at the light onto Ygnacio Valley Road.

Follow Ygnacio Valley Road for approximately 7 miles up the hill into the town of Concord. After passing the Concord campus of Cal State East Bay, make a right turn onto Pine Hollow Road at the light (gas station at corner). Follow Pine Hollow Road for approximately 1 mile. Pine Hollow Intermediate will be on your right immediately after the 3-way stop sign.

Event Notes:

CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION: Due to Earth Day activities in Mitchell Canyon, park at Pine Hollow Middle School (17 miles / 30 minutes from Walnut Creek) and take the complimentary County Connection Shuttle to the Mitchell Canyon trailhead. Hike co-Sponsored by Save Mount Diablo and Sierra Club (SF Bay Chapeter - Mt. Diablo Group).

Contact: Sharon Walters
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 000-0000
Home Phone: (925) 820-3102
Work Phone: (925) 000-0000

Trail Notes:

Expect a challenging hike with 9.2 miles total distance and a climb of 1,900 feet. This is an exceptional hike, especially in spring, with masses of wildflower displays and rushing streams. The single-track trail winds eastward through the foothill meadows to Back Creek.

We'll follow the creek crossing it several times before we climb to Murchio Gap, a steady uphill, and rocky trail with very little shade. We'll then take a seldom used and unmarked Deer Flat Creek Trail to Meridian and then to Deer Flat (Elev. 2,120). Deer Flat is one of the prettiest spots on Mt. Diablo with sweeping views of Clayton below, the west delta, and the hills of Napa and Solano Counties, as well as North Peak and Mt. Diablo's summit. Just below Deer Flat are two picnic tables where we'll break for lunch. The variety of trees, chaparral, and wildflowers will astound you: Ithuriel's Spear, Indian Paintbrush, Scarlet Larkspur, Wild Pansy, Bush Sunflower, Chinese Houses, Clematis, the elusive Mt. Diablo Globe Lily and more. We'll return via Mitchell Canyon Road - all down hill!

Trailhead facilities: Picnic Tables, water, toilets.

Trailhead Directions:

From I-680 North or Hwy 24 East, exit at Ygnacio Valley Road. Turn right (east) on Ygnacio Valley Road to Clayton Road in Concord (approx 7.5 miles) and turn right (east).

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

Follow Clayton Road to Mitchell Canyon Road and turn right (south). The road ends in the park at a parking lot.

Parking Fee: $4.00

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Monday, April 16, 2007.

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