Usually take the Mitchell Canyon Road/Trail to the summit; however, having grown tired of the wide fire road look and feel to that route, I decided to try something different and took the "Four Summits" route description.
training for shasta summit. carried a full pack from hap mcgee ranch. was draggin the last 3 miles.
made the 14 mile hike up, very windy, with rain and sleet. Was a good, wet climb.
Summited with Brian Kalet.
Summited with Paul Hagerty.
Started at Rock City.
This is an awesome training hike. A typical coastal summit in terms of lots of poision oak and LOTS of ticks though. I think the description may over exagerate the steepness a bit. It is steep and sustained but I don't think there's any 45 or 50 degree sections. That said it's not for amateur hikers, there are some slippery must not fall here sections. Highly recommended.
Phenomenal summit views. Well above the clouds - that classic airplane view. Good stuff!
Drove up to the summit on my way to the Sacramento area for a pinball convention. Nice drive, great view, but a little hazy.
I'll need to come back in the winter after a storm to improve the view.
Weather reports were calling from afternoon showers so I wanted to start fairly early. Unfortunately, I started a little later than I wanted, (just after 10:00 am). The trail was fairly empty, possibly due to weather reports. Only ran into three people on their way up the trail, and a few coming down the trail. The summit was almost empty when I reached it, save for a few people who drove or rode their bikes to the summit. The weather was cloudy and overcast so the views weren't the usual spectacular views from the Mt Diablo summit. After 15 to 20 minutes at the summit eating lunch, I headed back down and ran into quite a number of people who were on their way up one of the three trails. I reached my car at 5:00 and as I was driving down the entrance rode and leaving the park, the sky opened up and down came the rain. Hopefully those on their way up when I was on my down found a dry place.
My homecourt. My house borders the state park in clayton. CLimb here often to train for serious mountains. 4 summits is the best way to experience the whole north side
Have climbed a new route. Will add North Peak Direct soon...
Did this hike starting at Mitchell Canyon trailhead to Deer Flat to Juniper Trail to summit. Great trails, beautiful views. Descended via same route for a total hike of about 16 miles or so with around 3200 feet of elevation gain. Moderate weather at the trailhead, summit temps were in the high 30's with strong winds. Make sure you bring warm clothes in fall/winter! Highly recommended - will definitely want to do this one again in the spring.
Having been chasing bay area county highpoints since 5 a.m., I was running out of time so I drove it (bad form). I did manage to get there while they had the summit facility open and I was able to put my foot on the highest point (according to the plaque on the post) Lots of bicyclists but the view was hazy and not a great day to visit up here. I'll have to do it again, via the trail system.
Summited with Marianne. While I'd been up this Bay Area landmark numerous times before, this was the only time I'd 'climbed' it (ascended from its base, using only my only 2 legs [not on bike]). Assume it was in April, as I obtained my cast from breaking my L middle finger in April, & Marianne left for Antarctica in May. Interestingly enough, I wrote the exact landmark times for the ascent down, but not the actual date we did this.
* 13.13: started @ Mitchell Cr. Canyon.
* sat @ picnic table, enjoyed the scenery, etc.
* after reaching final trail portion between roadway sections leading up to summit parking lot, some amateur foo' in a leather jacket tried to hang (staying in front of me), but couldn't; passed his ass & didn't look back :)
* 16.31: got to the observation deck.
* 16.52: attainment of the 'actual summit,' after discovering that it was actually in the summit shelter.
* walked about summit shelter, checked out the displays.
* 18.04: left the summit parking lot.
* unable to find the correct Prospector's Gap Trail; ended up at observation deck instead.
* After turning around, though we'd found the right trail, or at least one that would lead to it. Instead, trail kept getting fainter & fainter.
* after an eternity of infernal bushwhacking (getting scraped & generally fucked up), we finally ran into the trail shortly before Prospector's Gap.
* having a great hike, dipped feet in water after unable to find Donner cabin.
* taking the Bruce Lee connector trail, finally arrived back at the car @ 21.50.
Great hike with wonderful company!
Climbed to summit of Mt Olympia with my 15 year old son Zach. First time topping out on this peak. Made it a loop. 4 hour trip. See trip report for gory details.
I did first time on Easter Sunday. Started at Regency gate, went up Donner Canyon to Middle Trail then up to Prospectors Gap. From there you go around back to Devils Elbow then up to the Summit. Fantastic view this day.
Also did in Nov 2003 with my son Zach on the much easier Mitchell Canyon route. We now live in Clayton so I hike and bike here alot now.
Started the new year off right, with a summit! Hiked up with good buddy Jeff 1-1-05
Update: 6th annual new years day summit 1-1-2010 about 28 total
nice place to hike... sure you can drive to the 360 degree views at the top, but there are also many varied trails in the park and you can design your own route... there are also some nice waterfalls in the northern section of the park... and the view from anywhere near the summit is still great, regardless of whether it's attained by foot or car...
I usually hike from Mitchell Canyon Road TH, through Eagle's Peak and then Prospector Gap. First time I hiked to the top in September 1996 and then I went back more often in 2002 training for Shasta. Nice hike, steep at times, beautiful views. One time while running almost stepped on a rattle snake, another time heard a mountain lion or a bobcat about 30' above me.
It's a good training place for bigger mountains.
Nice warm day with good views. Hazy in the distance and fairly uncrowded.