Every season is hiking season in the bay area, with its mild climate year-round. And there’s always new spots to explore in the many protected nature areas around the city. To our local Pioneer Steven, finding whatever hidden treasures nature keeps ready for us has become a natural part of his time off. These are some of his all-time favorites in one collection.
Located in Mount Diablo State Park, with an elevation of 3,849 feet Mount Diablo is the highest peak in San Francisco's East Bay area. On a clear day you can look east to see over the city of San Francisco and on the Pacific Ocean. parks.ca.gov/?page_id=517
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This place was once designated SF-25C, home to a Nike surface-to-air guided missile system during the Cold War. The peak is called "Rock 2" Elevation 2024. The body of water you can see in the westerly-facing photos is the San Francisco Bay. The body of land behind it is the peninsula. On a clear day you can see even further to see Sutro Tower, and even the Pacific Ocean. I love this place! This was one of my first trips out on the trails since moving to California. I think I got lucky!
I should also mention that the radio tower and the scenic vistas are on land that belongs to EDMUD, the local water and sewage treatment facility. A permit is required to go up to the tower itself, but one can be easily acquired here: ebmud.com/recreation/trail-use-permits.
There was a million dollars worth of damages done to this tower by vandals in the summer of 2013:
Located in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Don't miss my other highlight right around the corner komoot.de/highlight/74193
The rocks in that area are made of sandstone. During our winter rains, acidic rain water seeps into and sits in the rocks. The next summer, the dry heat pulls the moisture back out of the rock, leaving behind these holes.
Located in Diablo Foothills Regional Park ebparks.org/parks/diablo_foothills
Check out my Little Yosemite Trail tour for more pictures of the area.