Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association Leading a Series of Upcoming Hikes

May 29, 2014 · 3 comments

The Mount Diablo Interpretive Association volunteers are leading a series of upcoming hikes exploring Mount Diablo’s early summer beauty at twilight, on Father’s Day and to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

Night Hike Adventure

Friday, June 13, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Experience Mount Diablo State Park after the gates close and everyone has gone home. Join Naturalist Michael Marchiano for twilight to dark excursion in Mitchell Canyon, looking for night time critters including, bats, owls, raccoons, frogs and toads, night hunting insects and scorpions. Learn about some of the seldom seen, secretive creatures that come out on a warm evening. Wear good hiking shoes; bring flashlight, liquids, and snacks; dress in layers and apply sunscreen.

Meet: Mitchell Canyon Parking Lot

Parking: $6 per vehicle: $5 for seniors

Reservations required: mmarchiano@gmail.com

Round the Mountain Hike – Father’s Day

Sunday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Treat Dad with a hike around this classic loop with views in all directions as the trail circles the park’s namesake peak (elev. 3849’) via Deer Flat, Murchio Gap, Prospector’s Gap and Oak Knoll. Between Prospector’s Gap and Oak Knoll, pass through sections that burned in last September’s Morgan Fire. Late season wildflowers should be lovely. Allow 6.5 hours for this 8 mile hike with a total elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. Steady relaxed pace with lunch break. Wear good hiking shoes; bring liquids and snacks; dress in layers and apply sunscreen.

Meet: Juniper Camp Trailhead

Parking: $10 per vehicle; $9 for seniors

For more information: jvanakkeren@comcast.net

Common Poorwill Bird Walk in White Canyon

Friday, June 20, 7 – 9 p.m.

Listening to birds of the early evening during this easy walk to Red Road. As twilight approaches, the trail nears the upper part of Red Road, filled with the songs of Common Poorwill and local owls. Wear good hiking shoes; bring flashlight, binoculars, liquids and snacks; dress in layers. The returning hike in the dark may also turn up some interesting wildlife. This walk is limited to 15 participants.

Meet: Mitchell Canyon Trailhead

Parking: $6 per vehicle; $5 for seniors

Reservations required: blkittiwake@yahoo.com

Summer Solstice Saunter

Saturday, June 21, 7 – 10 p.m.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice on a special evening hike in Mitchell Canyon searching owls, bats, scorpions, tarantulas, poorwills, and other crepuscular creatures. Wear good hiking shoes; bring flashlight, binoculars, liquids and snacks; dress in layers.

Meet: Mitchel Canyon Visitor Center

Parking: $6 per vehicle; $5 for seniors

Reservations required: sweettrails00@gmail.com or mtdiablohiker@aol.com

Common Poorwill Bird Walk in White Canyon

Saturday, June 28, 7 – 9 p.m.

Listen for birds of the early evening during this easy walk to Red Road. As twilight approaches, the trail nears the upper part of Red Road, filled with the songs of Common Poorwill and local owls. Wear good hiking shoes; bring flashlight, binoculars, liquids and snacks; dress in layers. The returning hike in the dark may also turn up some interesting wildlife. This walk is limited to 15 participants.

Meet: Mitchell Canyon Trailhead

Parking: $6 per vehicle; $5 for seniors

Reservations required: blkittiwake@yahoo.com

1 Very informative hike leaders-enjoy them a lot! May 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I have enjoyed going on the MDIA-led hikes for years, especially because these leaders provide so much different information, and I always learn something new from them…highly recommended.
~ A Claycord hiker

2 Shelly May 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I sure wish I was going to be in town for any of these!

3 Atticus Thraxx May 29, 2014 at 6:51 PM

I think I’m going to do one of these.Summer Solstice one sounds neat.

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