Mt Diablo is a Devil of a Hike!

Peak Summited2019 Mount Diablo
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMitchell Canyon staging area
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

Hiked Mt Diablo yesterday. I did the loop starting on Mitchell Canyon Road, then took Deer Flat road and Juniper trail to the summit. After the summit I descended on the North Peak Trail and Bald Ridge Trail. I meant to go on the Back Creek Trail but ended up on the Eagle Peak Trail. After the summit of Eagle Peak I decided to backtrack and go down the Back Creek Trail after all. So it ended up being about a 16 mile hike, which took me 7 hours. It was a hot day, but I was thankful that the weather was only in the 80's and not in the 90's or 100's like last week.

Notes on the trail: the trail markers can be confusing so definitely bring a map. Also, all of the trails were in good condition except for the upper part of the Back Creek Trail, which was very eroded and hard to walk on. I wish I would have had trekking poles for the downhill parts.

If I did this again I would ascend the Back Creek or Eagle Peak trail, and descend on Mitchell Canyon Road.


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