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Hike Details for Olofson Ridge

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Mt. Diablo State Park
Olofson Ridge

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

Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 9:00 AM


Event Notes:

These Event Notes supersede the Trail Notes. Two hikes in one. A strenuous loop hike of almost 8 miles and about a 2000-foot elevation gain from the Mitchell Canyon staging area to Olofson Peak. And a moderate hike of about 6 miles and a 1000-foot elevation gain which omits the up-and-back portion to Olofson Peak. The route will be via Mitchell Canyon Rd,, Black Point trail to Red Rd. The strenuous hike will continue the up-and-back portion to Olofson Peak, while the moderate hike will return via Red Rd, Globe Lily trail and Mitchell Canyon Rd. to the trailhead. Full facilities at Mitchell Canyon staging area. No dogs allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Parking fee at Mitchell Canyon is now $6 - exact change required. Trailhead address is 96 Mitchell Canyon Rd Clayton, CA 94517.

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


Trail Notes:

After just one mile along beautiful, Mitchell Canyon, turn right on Red Road which, incongruously, climbs White Canyon. In springtime, this is the site of rarer wildflower species such as the Mt. Diablo Globe Lily and Wind Poppies. Take sharp left onto 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 your 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.


Trailhead Directions:

From Hwy 24 East and 680 North, take the Ygnacio Valley Road exit. At end of offramp 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
Thursday, January 25, 2007.

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