A Good Friday to conquer Mt Diablo

Peak Summited2020 Mount Diablo
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMitchell Canyon Rd
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

My first visit to Mt Diablo was a success. The park is closed,  so i had to park a mile down the road in a residential area. The first street has signage posted that you can't park there, so you have to go to the next one down. The 15.5 mile round trip now became 17.5 miles!

I took the Mitchell Canyon Rd trail up to the summit and it was very strenuous for long stretches at a time,  but i made it to the visitor center in about 3.5hrs, but the visibility was minimal do to clouds hanging  out at the summit.

I decided to take the other way back,  taking Summit Rd to North Peak Rd. I considered climbing North Peak,  but after taking one look at how steep that trail was,  i turned and continued to Prospector's Gap and then up to Eagle Peak where the views were amazing! From there i continued on down making my way back to the Mitchell Canyon entrance and that last mile along the road back to my car.

The trail up was mostly dirt roads until that last mile or two witch was narrow and made its way through pretty thick vegetation.   The trail down was like that the entire way.   Lots of loose gravel,  some very steep ups and downs and some very narrow trails.   Hiking shoes are an absolute must to protect your ankles,  and i strongly recommend hiking poles.

Total time round trip was just over 7hrs counting the extra mileage to and from my car. According to my Fitbit,  total distance was right around 17.5 miles with 467 floors climbed.


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