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North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park

Skip the summit crowds and see Mount Diablo's North Peak. Strenuous 10-mile hike.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 10 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  If you're bugged by the existence of a parking lot atop Mount Diablo -- the East Bay's signature peak -- you're probably just the type... more »

Tips:  This is a truly strenuous hike; don't try it if you're not up for long miles with lots of climbing and tricky terrain. Watch for... more »

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Points of Interest

1. First climb: Mount Olympia

The hike starts from the Mount Diablo State Park trailhead in the East Bay suburb of Clayton (see driving directions for getting there). There's no fee to park here, but you'll spend plenty of energy on the hike up.

Just past the trailhead gate, Donner Canyon Trail begins on your left. Take this trail and stay on it till it ends after about 1.5... More

2. Second climb: North Peak summit

After you've rested up at the Mount Olympia summit, it's on to North Peak. The Peak dominates the landscape so you know which way to go: just find the North Peak Trail and start walking.

North Peak Trail is a narrow, .8-mile stretch of single-track on a steep, rocky slope. This is one of my favorite Bay Area trails, but don't be lulled by the... More

3. Return leg: three options

From the North Peak summit it's about .8 mile down to Prospector's Gap, where you have three choices, depending on how strong you feel:

a) If you're gassed, take Prospector's Gap Road, which is mostly downhill, for 1.3 mile to Meridian Ridge Road, then bear left and go another .3 mile to Murchio Gap, the next major trail junction on this route.
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