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Hike Details for Mitchell Canyon/Black Point Trail/Olofson Ridge Loop

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Mt. Diablo State Park
Mitchell Canyon/Black Point Trail/Olofson Ridge Loop

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

Saturday, December 01, 2007 @ 9:00 AM


Event Notes:

This hike explores a part of Mount Diablo State Park that is unique and offers a different vantage point from many others. A strenuous hike for experienced hikers only. Trekking poles recommended. Also bring water, a snack/lunch, and rain gear if weather warrants it.

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


Trail Notes:

Experienced hikers only. This hike is co-sponsored by the MDIA. From Mitchell Canyon, take the first trail head on the right to Black Point Trail. Loop around Black Point Trail down to White Canyon. Black Point Trail is an outstanding journey through a hidden, little known corner of the park, spanning several life zones, culminating at the chaparral-covered summit of Black Point. From here a truly unique perspective of central Contra Costa is obtained. Watch for trailside "glory holes" during descent from Black Point. From White Canyon, take Red Road to Olofson Ridge Trail. and shortly before that starts turning toward the park boundary, follow a faint trail on the left toward the summit marked "1609" on the trail map. Find yourself a perch on one of the cherty outcrops whitewashed by the presence of fellow raptors, and lose yourself in the world of hawks, kestrels, and turkey vultures. With the awesome chasm of Mitchell Canyon and the massive walls of Eagle Peak as a background, admire the aerial acrobatics of these magnificent fliers - with luck, you may even spot a golden eagle. Return down Mitchell Canyon. Approximately 8 miles, with a 1010 foot elevation gain.


Trailhead Directions:
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Meet at Mitchell Canyon Staging area. Parking is $3.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 by fire station, turn right on Mitchell Canyon Road. Follow to the end.

Parking Fee: $3

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Wednesday, October 17, 2007.

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