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Hike Details for Mitchell Canyon, Deer Flat, Back Creek Loop

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Mt. Diablo State Park
Mitchell Canyon, Deer Flat, Back Creek Loop

Mitchell Canyon, Deer Flat, Back Creek Loop
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City: Clayton
Region: EastBay
Park: Mt. Diablo State Park

Saturday, October 13, 2007 @ 9:00 AM


Event Notes:

This hike is co-sponsored by the MDIA. Meet at the end of Regency Drive in Clayton. Parking is free. Recommend parking in the residential area rather than the dead end, since there have been break-ins in the past. Well take the grassy trail from Regency Gate to Murchio Road, then cross over to Mitchell Canyon Road. Follow Mitchell Canyon trail to Deer Flat, turn left (east) at the junction and continue steeply up to Murchio Gap. At Murchio Gap, descend on the Back Creek Trail and return to where we started from. This hike has just about everything the mountain park has to offer: lush wildflower-strewn meadows, narrow canyons with characteristic streamside vegetation, magnificent groves of Coulter pines, some of the greatest birding areas, rugged mountain scenery, and endless sun-swept panoramas. Its 7-8 miles, with a 1600 foot elevation gain.

Leader: Helene Crowley
Email: [email protected]
Work Phone: (415) 974-2209


Trail Notes:

This hike is 7-8 miles, with a 1600 foot elevation. Recommend trekking poles, sunscreen, water, snack or lunch. Heavy rain cancels, light rain, bring rain gear.


Trailhead Directions:
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From I-680 Northbound or Hwy 24 East, exit at Ygnacio Valley Road (at Walnut Creek). 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 (at Walnut Creek). 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 Regency Drive. Follow to the end. From Antioch/Pitttsburg, take Kirker Pass Road westbound and down the hill into Concord. Just past the Concord (Sleep Train) 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). Turn LEFT onto CLAYTON ROAD. Then turn RIGHT at stop light onto REGENCY DRIVE. Continue to the end.

Parking Fee: none
Other Fees: None

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Tuesday, August 21, 2007.

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