National Park Service rangers are hosting a fall moon walk on Friday, Oct. 18, on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.
This free, two-hour program begins at 5:45 p.m. 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 www.nps.gov/jomu.