Ascent of Mount Diablo on 2012-03-22

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Aidan Barlow
Date:Thursday, March 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Diablo
    Elevation:3849 ft / 1173 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was Aidan's final CoHP of the trip before I headed up to Lake Tahoe for a few days of skiing before I headed back to work. We wanted to make a bit of s hike out of it, but nothing that would take all day. We spent the morning at John Muir National Historic Site working on a Junior Ranger Badge (see a pattern here?), then headed to Mt Diablo before lunch. We ate lunch along the road up from Walnut Creek and planned to spend the whole afternoon in the park. We parked at the Juniper Campground and headed for the peak via the Juniper Trail. The goal was to make a loop out of the hike. We followed the Juniper Trail to the summit and went inside the building to step on the actual natural highpoint. Though it is disappointing to have a parking lot and building on the summit, it is great that the CA State Parks folks realized the importance of touching the actual high point to people like us who pursue the CoHP hobby. From the summit building, we took the whole Fire Interpretive Trail, snagging Devil's Pulpit along the way. To avoid doubling back on our track up, we took the Summit Trail down to where it intersects the Juniper Trail below Juniper Campground and then turned up the Juniper Trail back to the campground. I think the whole double loop was about 4 miles or so. Very beautiful and worth the time. Since you have to pay to enter the park, you might as well make a hike and half day out of it like we did!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:929 ft / 283 m
    Route:Juniper Trail
    Trailhead:2920 ft / 890 m

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