Mt Diablo: First time in 20 years, just after the 3100 acre fire

The last time I had been to Mt Diablo, which looms over the area just southeast of San Franciso, was over 20 years when I didn’t wander far from the car. This time, one of my hiking accomplices and I made a rough plan for a 10 – 12 mile loop (which ended-up being 14 miles)

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We drove bright and early, against the weekday commuter traffic, and were on the trail by about 9:30AM at Curry Point.

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The start of our hike offered views of the recent 3100 acre fire. From our vantage point we could see a wide horizontal strip across the lower slopes of peak which had burned.

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The hike was wonderful, and the first time in this area for the both of us (which included a small bit in the neighboring 4000 acre Morgan Territory preserve. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/morgan )

The area very much reminded me of Henry Coe State Park to the south. I suppose the stretch between here and there is called the “Diablo Range” for a reason!

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There were some interesting rock formations as we went in and out of dry, exposed grasslands.

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Later in the day we drove to the summit, where the fire had also come up to the edge of the road, as well as up to the Depression-era stone building at the top.

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Looking northeast towards Benicia

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All in all, it was a “proper” length hike for both of us (given that my previously blogged knee injury was slowing me a bit) and a beautiful autumn day.

…and we have sooo much more to cover in this large park. I don’t expect it will be 20 years before I return!

More pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59666465@N00/sets/72157635995789426/

GPS track: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2333236

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About AlphaRoaming

Random outdoor roaming: hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & plotting more of the above Grew up on the edges of the Adirondack mountains of New York, just a bit west of Vermont. Now living in Silicon Valley and venturing out when and where I can!
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