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Hike Details for Mitchell Canyon to Juniper Flat

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Mt. Diablo State Park
Mitchell Canyon to Juniper Flat

Mitchell Canyon to Juniper Flat
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City: Clayton
Region: EastBay
Park: Mt. Diablo State Park

Sunday, May 20, 2012 @ 9:00 AM


Event Notes:

This is the penultimate hike of our Mt. Diablo Summit trilogy. An out-and-back hike of about 11 miles with an elevation gain of nearly 2,400 feet. After a short rest stop at Deer Flat, we will continue for the final climb to Juniper Campground. At Juniper we will take a rest and lunch stop before returning to the trailhead. Water and flush toilets at Juniper. This hike is mostly in the sun on fire roads, so be prepared with sunscreen and plenty of water. Bring your camera, as the views are amazing. Plan for about 6 hours for the hike. Parking fee is now $6, $5 for 62 and over. Trailhead address is 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton, CA 94517.

Contact: Howard   
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 548-8783


Trail Notes:

This is a beautiful 11.4 mile round trip hike on the north side of Mt. Diablo. While it is not for fast hikers because of the leisurely pace, it is not for beginning hikers either because of the 2400 foot elevation gain. Our route will take us up shady Mitchell Canyon to scenic Deer Flat. After a rest break, we will continue to the picnic tables at Juniper Flat for lunch. We will then return the way we came enjoying spectacular views on the way down. Plan on spending 6 hours for this hike. Also, be sure to bring at least 2 liters of water per person, hat, sun block, and food for snacks and lunch.


Trailhead Directions:
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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: $3 (exact change)

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Monday, June 06, 2005.

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