but I've hiked it before. This one is significant because I proposed to my fiancee . . . so I'm definitely checking the "were you successful" box!
I didn't drive to the top. A friend of mine led us on a hike from the Morgan(?) Open Space all the way up, then all the way down Mitchell Canyon on the other side. Long day. I remember my feet hurt like a ------.
Patches of snow left in places. Started raining at the top.
Summit Trail from Rock City to the summit. The trail was closed from south gate to rock city due to landslides.
Started at the end of Regency Dr. Took Donner Cayon-Meridian-Prospect-Summit Trial. Took 58 min up, 50 min down, total = 1 Hour 48 minutes (Running). Very mellow grade, with a few real steep parts. I Could see north to Snow Mountain and the Sutter Buttes Great day.
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!