Mt. Diablo Hike 

Juniper to Pioneer to Summit Loop

June 10, 2006

Summary:

Rating: Moderate. A 3.8 mile loop with total climb of 1000 feet beginning at the Juniper Trail. Follow Juniper trail, contouring south along the western slope of the mountain, to the Summit Trail then take Summit Trail toward the summit (you will have to maneuver across a debris parking lot to locate the continuation of the Juniper Trail leading to the Summit Trail.) Return on Juniper Trail down to the Juniper Campground. Allow about 2-1/2 hours (not counting stops) plus some time for some lunch on top. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring two quarts of water, snacks, and lunch in a small backpack.

 Directions:

 We will meet to carpool at the Safeway at Market and Castro in San Francisco on Saturday, June 10th at 9 AM. We can meet others at the trailhead at 10:30 AM.

 From San Francisco , take highway 80 east across the bay and then highway 24 east to Walnut Creek . Go south on highway 680 for 6.8 miles and get off on El Cerro Blvd. Turn left and go 0.9 miles. Bear left as the road becomes Diablo Road go another 0.6 miles. Turn left on Green Valley Road and go 1.4 miles. Turn right on Emmons Canyon Road and go 3.4 miles. Continue straight onto Mt. Diablo Scenic Road and go 0.5 miles. Turn left onto South Gate Road and go 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Summit Road and go 4.6 miles. Park at Diablo Valley Overlook at Juniper Campground.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mt. Diablo

View from top of Mt. Diablo

Trail Description:

 Trailhead: Begin hike at campsite #17 turning left on Juniper Trail. Facilities are at Juniper Campground, lower Summit Parking Lot, and at the Summit Museum .

 First leg (Juniper - Pioneer) follows the top of the landslide topography, which rings the main peak, a steep grassy savanna, a showplace for poppies in spring. Second leg to summit penetrates chaparral areas in various stages of post-fire development; fine stands of buckbrush (very aromatic in early spring), and grey pines. Third leg (Juniper Trail) follows dramatic upper reaches of Moses Rock Ridge (Franciscan rock outcrops, dwarf wildflowers), plunges into oak-laurel forest, survivor of many fires.

 

 

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