Peak Bagging: Mount Diablo in Mount Diablo State Park, California

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Peak Bagging: Mount Diablo in Mount Diablo State Park, California

  • Location: Mount Diablo State Park, California
  • Distance: ~15 miles (loop)
  • Ascent:  1,578 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Route: Mitchell Canyon ($6 parking fee) -> Mitchell Rock Tr -> Eagle Peak Tr -> Bald Ridge Tr -> North Peak Tr -> Summit -> Juniper Tr -> Deer Flat Rd -> Mitchell Canyon Rd.

After climbing Coyote Peak and being surrounded by such lovely wildflowers, I realized that I had a very short period of time to enjoy that on one of the Bay Area’s largest mountains, Diablo Peak in the East Bay. On a whim one morning, I left home at 6am to climb Diablo while it was still green. And green it was.

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Peak Bagging: Coyote Peak in Santa Teresa County Park, San Jose, CA

Miner's LettucePeak Bagging: Coyote Peak in Santa Teresa County Park, San Jose, CA

  • Location: Coyote Peak, Santa Teresa County Park, California
  • Distance: 3.5 miles (loop)
  • Ascent: 600 feet
  • Difficulty: Medium

I’ve started thinking about climbing Mt. Shasta again, and with that in mind, decided to climb every peak (and “peak” as some are piddly) in the Bay Area as training. There are a lot of amazing climbs to be had here (Mt. Tam! Mt. Diablo!) but I decided to start small with Coyote Peak, located close to my home in Santa Teresa County Park, San Jose, California.

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