Guided Hikes Planned on Mt. Diablo in the Month of March

January 23, 2014 15:00 pm · 9 comments


Mount Diablo Interpretive Association volunteers are leading a series of free hikes in March exploring Mount Diablo’s beauty as it recovers from last September’s Morgan Fire. Hopefully we’ll see some rain soon to encourage those wildflowers to bloom!

Fire Recovery Hike – Mary Bowerman Trail

Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Phil Reed leads this easy 0.7 mile, 1.5 hour hike around the summit of Mt. Diablo (elev. 3849’) along the Mary Bowerman Trail. Start in an unburned area on the north and proceed to the Morgan Fire burned area on the south side of the mountain. Unique post-fire flowers and vegetation can be expected. Wear good hiking shoes; bring liquids and snacks, dress in layers, apply sunscreen. Heavy rain cancels.

Meet: Lower Summit Parking Lot


After the Fire Hike – North Peak Trail

Saturday, March 8, Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Phil Reed leads this moderate (750′ elevation change) 2.4 mile hike will traverse an intensely burned area that previously hosted a diverse variety of spring wildflowers, including some plants endemic to Mount Diablo. See how the vegetation recovers month by month in the burned area. Unique post-fire flowers and vegetation can be expected. Rain cancels. Wear good hiking shoes; bring liquids and snacks, dress in layers.

Meet: Lower Summit Parking Lot


Oak Knoll & Summit Loop hike

Sunday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jake Van Akkeren leads this 6.5 mile hike (1500’ elevation change) that starts at the Juniper trailhead, wraps around the mountain to Oak Knoll and eventually Green Ranch Road before climbing sharply to the summit for a visit to the Summit Museum. Then the hike circles the mountain on the Mary Bowerman Trail before descending steeply at times back to the trailhead. Much of the route will pass through areas burned in last September’s Morgan Fire. Wildflowers should be abundant. Wear good hiking shoes; bring lunch, liquids and snacks, dress in layers. Be prepared for mud and poison oak. Heavy rain cancels.

Meet: Juniper Camp trailheads (take either North or South Gate Roads to their junction and continue up until the large parking lot on the left).


Parking: $10/vehicle

For more information:

Justin January 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Hiking keeps me from being lazy.

Sounds like fun January 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Think I’ll sign up for all three.

RANDOM TASK January 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

keep on down low the thugs who have been raiding cars at the lime ridge parking lot would have a field day there hire security for your vehicles …….well that’s what I would do

Mike "troll" Dame January 23, 2014 at 6:12 PM

i took a small group of field biologists up there around the end of Oct to look for tarantulas and test out a new bore scope they had gotten on some burrows, we hit one of the burned areas where i knew a group of burrows were and was happy to see the female tarantulas there had survived the fire.

Shasta Daisy January 24, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I’m signing up now.

Confused! January 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

@Mike “troll” Dame; That’s SO good to know! Am I mistaken, or isn’t the lower summit parking lot a RIGHT turn?

I’m in!

Confused! January 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Oh yeah, I got a response to my attempt at making a reservation for the March 9 hike that no reservation was necessary.

Mike "troll" Dame January 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

@Confused depends which way your coming from, im not involved with the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association but know they put on great things, i am a private citizen with a love for arachnids n been personally studying the tarantulas n scorpions up on Diablo for almost two decades. i did wrangle spiders for a filming of a National Geographic Explorer episode up on Diablo back in 2002 and was a part of the cast of Discovery Science Channels show Bugging Out back in 2010 that was filmed here in Concord. interestingly enough n something most people dont know is we have 6 species of scorpions here in CoCoCounty none of which are dangerous (i have been stung by all of them n its just an ouch for some minutes usually). i have been asked to do tarantula hikes for Lindsay Wildlife Museum but sadly being agoraphobic couldnt handle doing it for them as much as i wanted to

Confused January 24, 2014 at 7:05 PM

@Mike “troll” Dame; Wow! Too bad that condition kept you from something you liked to do, and probably were very good at! You sound really cool.

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