Mount Diablo State Park
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Family Travelers
- 79%Local Culture
- 70%History Buffs
- 70%Adventure Travelers
- 60%Budget Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
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- Mount Diablo State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJan 22, 2014
My son uttered those well-known teenage words ' "I'm Bored!", and in this case his Dad felt that way too. Road Trip! So we headed out for Rock City, via the southern entrance to Mt. Diablo State Park.
It's a bit of a drive to get out here from the Berkeley area and some folks might ask why I would bother considering that Indian Rock is so close. It's true that the Bay view from the top of Indian Rock is unbeatable, but the valley and Mt. Diablo views are pretty fine too. I also enjoyed the drive to Danville, going past Athenian and up the mountain. Mt. Diablo State Park is certainly another Bay Area treasure that perhaps is too easy to overlook when we have so many options out here.
The real reason we went (besides visiting Gayle on the way back), was to trick my son into getting some exercise. He loves to climb and there are more rock combinations (along with the hiking to get to them) than one would ever need. It was a lot of fun for both of us and safer than you might think. And Rock City is a neat family area too, complete with some picnic tables and new friends to scale Sentinel Rock together.
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- Mount Diablo State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
Mt Diablo State Park is a great open space, high in the East Bay hills, with a lot to offer.
The main visitors center is in Walnut creek. Here you can get a newsletter with a small map, or you can buy 3 different trail guides for different levels of difficulty.
Where I like to go in is at Regency road in Clayton, It is less crowded and has no building to stage from. You just park on the street and walk in., But there is a great hiking trail up to Falls Trail Loop, about 5.9 miles along a creek and of medium difficulty. There are some old ruins about half way up and a nice place to listen to small falls and snack on a rock.
Mt, Diablo has several family and group camping areas and you can reserve them up to 7 months in advance on Reserve America. NIghtly rates in season are $20. Group camp overnight rates range from $45 to $111, depending on camp size and capacity (up to 50 people and 17 vehicles)
For a short trip to Mt. Diablo State Park, enter in the south gate via Danville. The drive up will give you some great views. Take the Diablo exit off 680 in Danville and follow the signs about 8 miles up to the south gate.
It is $6 per vehicle. Not too far in, you can go to Rock City, where there are a couple of parking lots and you have several large sandstone rock formations to climb over, with a couple of isolated picnic tables in the area, and great views of the valley below.
Unfortunately, the soft sandstone is prime for idiots to carve out there initials and love notes with their car keys through the years. But you can look at them and play archaelogist to guess their age, with some dates as reference. So most of these great rocks are littered with them. But the sandstone also make it easy for hand and footholes, so climbing all over these rocks is fun and not too strenuous, as no equipment is needed.
There is the "Trail through time" that leads you by these formations. They are mostly sandstone, but you can see different colors and rocks within the formations. There are a lot of cool little wind caves carved out from the rocks, big enough to climb into.
These are not "Go climb a rock" type challenging rocks. Most people in average shape can handle at least some of them. Some are 20 - 30 feet high, but most 10 year olds or older can handle many of them (with supervision).
Bring a picnic, hike a little, climb a few rocks, and walk a few trails at a leisurely pace and enjoy the view and fresh airRecommended for:Family Travelers