What: Hearst Art Gallery on Mt. Diablo, Hiking & Sketching; Juniper and Summit Trails Loop
When: Sunday, June 28, 2009, 10:00 am â€“ 2:00 pm
Hiker Carpoolers: Meet at Green Valley Elementary School, Diablo Road, at 9:15 am
Hikers Not Carpooling: Meet at North end of Diablo Valley Overlook, Juniper Campground & Parking Area at 10 am
Hike Leader â€“ Sharon Walters
Art Leader â€“ Warren Dreher
Artists: Meet at Lower Summit Parking Area, below the Visitor Center, at 10 am. Bring your own art supplies, easel, camp stool.
All: Bring hat, sunglasses, water, brown bag lunch.
Hikers: Wear appropriate hiking or sturdy tennis shoes and layered clothing. Bring water and a snack. Hiking poles will be useful on this hike with its many steep ascents on rocky single-track trails. It will be a very warm afternoon.
Hiker/Juniper Parking Directions: From Interstate 680 in Danville, take the Diablo Road / Danville exit and follow Diablo Road 3 miles east to Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. Turn left at the stop sign onto Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. passing the Athenian School on your right. This road turns into South Gate Road. Continue â€“cautiously and slowly- on South Gate, watching for cyclists along the way. This is a narrow and winding 3.7 miles up the mountain to South Gate entrance station. Stop and pay the $7.00 entrance fee per car. Continue on South Gate Road another 3.2 miles to Park Headquarters and a junction with North Gate and Summit roads. Turn right onto Summit Road and go 2.3 miles to Juniper Campground and Diablo Valley Overlook, a large parking area on your left. Water and toilets are available here.
Additional Hike Information:
Length: 4.5 miles
Time: 2 â€“ 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to advanced (lots of "up")
Facilities: Picnic Tables, water, toilets
Highlights: On a clear day, this hike to the summit provides spectacular views of the Bay Area, Mount Tamalpais, Golden Gate Bridge, the delta and the Sierra Nevada. Trail passes through groves of California bay laurel, gray pine, and coast live oaks and includes part of the newly designated, "Trail Through Time" showcasing the geologic wonder that is Mount Diablo. Near the summit will take a detour on the Mary Bowerman (Co-founder of Save Mount Diablo) Fire Interpretive Trail, a .7-mile loop that completely encircles the summit. There's a possibility that we'll see some hang gliders and parasailers on our return loop, as the Diablo Valley Overlook is their jumping off point! Either way, this is an exhilarating experience.