Monday, May 19, 2014

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Thirty-eight
Eagle Peak, Mount Diablo State Park
Eagle Peak Trail will test your mettle

What it's like:
Nearly 8 miles and over 2000 feet of butt-kicking elevation change in Mount Diablo State Park -- an unforgettable hike but not for beginners.

Why now:
Wildflowers, including wind poppy and Mount Diablo fairy lanterns, are blooming throughout grassland and chaparral.

If you can't make it this week:
Late winter, when the temperatures are cool, is ideal.

Insider tip:
Descending Eagle Peak is tricky; the narrow path is steep and rocky. Trekking poles will help. Alternately, you could take make this loop in the opposite direction. Either way, bring copious water and salty snacks to keep hydrated.

Eagle Peak is hike number 31 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition)Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
Just minutes south of Cupertino, Fremont Older Open Space Preserve features easily-graded trails that weave through mixed woods, wildflower-flecked grassland, and an old orchard.

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2 comments:

Albireo said...

No dogs allowed on this nature trail. No dogs allowed on almost all of the "Bay Area Hiker" trails. Great trails, but not for me and my little hiker dogs.

Jane Huber said...

Hey I don't make the rules -- I just report them! http://bahiker.com/doghikes.html