National Park Service Hosts Full Moon Walk in Martinez

September 1, 2014 11:45 am · 11 comments

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Join National Park Service rangers for a full moon walk on Tuesday September 9, 2014 on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.

This free, two-hour program begins at 6:30 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.

Shasta Daisy September 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM

If you haven’t ever done a moonlite hike, you should.
Pretty awesome!

Enfield303 September 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Toured the John Muir house yesterday. It was very informative. Would like to do the night thing.

Hey Killjoy, are you going to do a photo shoot?

Sounds like a lot of fun September 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I’m going!

unknown September 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Pants optional?

more unknown September 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Pants are not required, but recommended.

WC Resident September 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I think I will give that a try!!

Stephanie Annatone September 2, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Would this hike be appropriate for a five year old?

Elia September 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Is it appropriate for kids ages 4 & 8? Thanks

Ohnoitsmom September 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

This is a great “hike” for all ages. Rangers stop a few times during the walk up to share John Muir history. Little ones might get a bit tired on the walk down but I think it’s doable.

Debra Barr September 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I want to do this walk. Sound great

Mimi (original) September 2, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Moderately strenuous? Have you ever tried the Mt Wanda “hike”? It’ll kill you if you’re not 20’something and in great shape! Where’s my golf cart??

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