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Mount Diablo – A Challenging 4-Peak Hike

Peak Summited2021 Mount Diablo
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMitchell Canyon
EncounteredWildflowers blooming, Ripe berries
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
Additional Informationhttps://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/4-peaks-mt-diablo-43e04dd?p=34317217

The day started off with a beautiful sunrise in Livermore (found great spot to catch the sunrise – albeit in a ‘restricted area’). Then drove to Clayton, CA to begin a 16+ mile hike across 6 peaks in the Mount Diablo State Park. That’s when the day began to go downhill, first Google Maps takes me into a farmland, and announces’your destination is on the left’ a horse barn! Irritated I ask ”Seriously how stupid is this?” Siri, then retorts ‘I will not respond to that!’ Started the hike an hour and a half later than planned, and then the first mile was climbing in mud (walking in mud can be fun, but not when it sticks to your boots and weighs a pound, not so much!). After hiking 3 of the six peaks, got to Mt. Diablo, which was packed with people. So, after getting a picture or two, started hiking or sliding down ‘Devil/Death Slide trail’. They weren’t kidding about the ‘death’ – a mile of steep downhill slide. I slipped and fell a few times and cursed a lot! After that scary downhill slide, it was another 5-miles on a fire-road, downhill, and it was a race against the sunset and hiking in the darkness. Well, it was a beautiful sunset, it got pitch black. My flashlight ran out of batteries, had to use my iPhone flashlight for the last two-miles. Definitely a hike – I’ll remember as ‘challenging’.

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