Diabolical indeed

Peak Summited2019 Mount Diablo
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMitchel Canyon Visitors Center
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were an annoyance
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Got a somewhat late start at 10 am. Forecast for the day was a high of 72. Few spots in the lot by the time we arrived. Visitors center was helpful with free maps and information.

OOF this hike begins as it means to go on with a quick steep climb to begin, rough on the still-cold legs. After that, first couple miles are not bad, ups and downs and flats.

We didn't follow the recommend trail exactly as we were triangulating between Socal Hiker, All Trails, and the map provided at the visitors center. We ended up missing the turnoff for Eagle Peak and taking Back Creek Trail to Bald Peak Trail to North Peak Trail to Summit Trail. All told, about 13.5 miles and 3600 feet of elevation gain. It took us a little over 10 hours with multiple breaks including 35-40 minutes at the summit

This was a tough hike for us with long stretches of steep elevation gain. I resented every little downgrade on the way up that made us lose our hard-won elevation! It was nice to have a proper visitors center at the top, to refill water, use the bathroom, and get snacks. I felt pretty rejuvenated by our break and ice cream! Steep descent isn't fun either – I slipped on some loose rock, and we were all feeling our toes by the end. We were unfortunately in the steepest, most exposed part of the trail in the hottest part of the day, but overall the hike wasn't as hot or exposed as I expected. Good amount of shade from trees and scrub.

Not much of a view this day because of all the haze. High points were the gorgeous and varied wildflowers along the route, and the pretty and serene hike along the creek at the very end along Mitchel Canyon Road.

Featured photo is mood for this hike.

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