What's Your Favorite Mount Diablo Hike?

A new map of Mount Diablo State Park offers an updated guide to the trails so beloved by locals and visitors. Share your favorite hiking routes in the comments.

Hikers who have made Mount Diablo a second home over the years find the mountain's trails familiar and easy to navigate. For newcomers and visitors who lace up their hiking boots — a map is an essential part of the equipment.

A brand new and updated map is now available at the park's entrances, visitor centers and select local stores for $6, thanks to the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA). It's water-resistant, color, and provides "scores of updates to trails" as well as details about the features and amenities in popular visitor areas. The map can also be purchased online at www.mdia.org for $7.50. Net proceeds benefit Mount Diablo State Park.

The new edition was three years in the making and required hundreds of hours from volunteers who walked trails, checked trail signs and ensured the map's accuracy, according to MDIA.

MDIA is a non-profit volunteer organization that assists the California Department of Parks and Recreation in maintaining and interpreting Mount Diablo State Park for its 700,000 visitors each year. 

What's your favorite Mount Diablo hike? Which ones would you recommend for beginners, visitors, and those looking for a challenge? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

David Mills March 07, 2013 at 05:32 PM
That is a good one, too, Tyler... and relatively easy for a Mount Diablo hike.
c5 March 07, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Thanks for posting these. The only hiking we have done in there is out of the diablo foothills staging area past the sand castles. Nice easy hike but beautiful. I get all over the place on my mtn bike, but much more limited on hikes.
David Mills March 07, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Secret Trail is a beautiful, little half-mile trail that connects Wall Point trail with Barbeque Terrace trail. You can get to it in less than an hour from Macedo Ranch and loop back from Barbeque Terrace. Quite a spectacular hike all around.
Emily Henry March 08, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Anyone have a suggestion for "hiking" with a toddler (3 years old)? An easy but pretty trail?
Chris J Kapsalis March 08, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Here is an article from SFGate on family friendly hikes on Mount Diablo, wild flower hikes, which I would guess the wild flowers are happening now or very soon. http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/Family-friendly-wildflower-hikes-on-Mount-Diablo-3475106.php


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