Mount Diablo: Springtime Flowers

In 1841, the members of the Wilkes expedition gave the name "Mount Diablo" to this lofty peak; its massive bulk, rising high above the surrounding hills and valleys, dominates the view from much of the East Bay. From its summit, (3,849 ft.) on a clear day, the peaks of the Sierra Nevada, up to 200 miles in distance, can be seen. The pioneers of the 19th Century, crossing the Sierra by wagon and foot, were aware of the mountain, and looked for it as confirmation that they were on the right track. In 1851, the summit of the mountain was selected by the State of California, as the base point for land surveying of northern California.

I have always enjoyed and respected this magnificant mountain. Since the late 1970's I have run, bicycled and hiked up Mount Diablo. This hike took place on 8 May 2002. The temperature was warm, and the air was calm. I started the hike from the little used Mitchell Canyon trailhead, (elv. 580 ft.) on the northeast side of the mountain. I hiked Mitchel Canyon Trail to Deer Flat. (elv 2,120 ft.) I then went from Deer Flat to the Bald Ridge Trail; I hiked up the Bald Ridge Trail to Prospectors Gap. (elv. 2,940 ft.) I descended via the Meridian Ridge Fire Trail to my starting point at Mitchell Canyon. 5 hrs 45 min hike, 2,960 ft. climb.

Thanks to Margot Cunningham for helping with the identification of most of the plants.

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Mount Diablo from Mitchell Canyon Road Beginning of the Mitchell Canyon Trail Hillside Monkeyflower
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Buckeye Tree Ithuriel's Spear Wild Hyacinth Hillside
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Cow Parsnip Unknown Beetle Cow Parsnip Unknown
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Unknown insect on unknown plant Pale Swallowtail butterfly flitting amongst Sage and Yerba Santa Pale Swallowtail butterfly ... again California Live Oak
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Indian Paintbrush Rock Formation Unknown Clematis Iigusticifolia
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Indian Paintbrush Clematis ligusticifolia Wild Cucumber Wind Poppy
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Wind Poppy A pair of Lady Bugs procreating on Yarrow Mitchell Canyon. Coreopsis
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City of Concord from the Mitchell Canyon Trail Thistle Clematis lasiantha Deer Flat
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I believe that is Mount Saint Helena in the distance, which is located in the northern part of the Napa Valley Downtown Walnut Creek Clayton Coreopsis
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Poppies North Peak from Bald Ridge Trail Prospectors Gap from Bald Ridge Trail The Summit
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Beautiful orange Lichen Clayton, Concord and part of Walnut Creek. Suisun Bay in the distance. Scarlet Larkspur The view looking southeast from Prospectors Gap
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Resting at Prospectors Gap Summit from Prospectors Gap Poppies Summit (3,849 ft.)
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North Peak, with microwave transmission towers (3,557 ft) Prospectors Gap Meridian Ridge Trail. Village of Clayton below. Black Canyon Ridge
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On the Meridian Ridge Trail Box Canyon Indian Paintbrush Clematis ligusticifolia
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Prospectors Gap Rock quarry near Mitchell Canyon Trail Head California Live Oak


 

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