National Park Service Hosts Second of Monthly Full Moon Walks This Summer

June 2, 2014 21:19 pm · 5 comments

Join National Park Service rangers for the second in a series of monthly full moon walks which will take place throughout the summer.

On Friday, June 13, 2014 rangers will lead visitors onto Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. This free, two-hour program begins at 7:30 PM with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the full moon rise over nearby Mt. Diablo. Atop Mt. Wanda’s 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the moon. Visitors can also listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.

Visitors should meet at the parking lot on the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring water, a flashlight, warm clothes, and binoculars (if you have them). Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the trail is steep. If it rains heavily, the walk will be canceled.

Reservations are not required. Please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at (925) 228-8860 if you have questions. For more information, please visit the park website at

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Mt. Wanda preserves 326 acres of grasslands and oak woodlands that were part of the original Muir/Strentzel ranch in the Alhambra Valley more than a century ago. Muir named Mt. Wanda after his eldest daughter, Annie Wanda Muir, and he often strolled among these hills with his two daughters. Visitors can follow in Muir’s footsteps by enjoying Mt. Wanda seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

The John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553, is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at or call (925) 228-8860.

JW June 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

This is terrific. We have to enjoy our National Parks.

Tom June 2, 2014 at 11:21 PM

My friend Cheryl was a ranger at John Muir, and she use to do the Moon Walks. I remember seeing her name in the Martinez/ PH Record. I’ve always wanted to do this. Sounds pretty cool.

Clayton Squirrel June 3, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Our walking group just hiked Mt. Wanda for the first time two weeks ago. I really enjoyed the beautiful views. It was fun to stop at the John Muir house afterwards. Everything, including parking, was free.

GoGo Gomez June 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Might have to do this…

Shelly June 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

This sounds so cool!

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