Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mary Bowerman Trail and Mount Diablo Summit, Mount Diablo State Park, CA

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
12/28/2016 1.3 25 minutes

Map: See book
Parking: See book
Directions: Hike #30 in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles San Francisco. In addition we took the short Summit Trail up to the actual summit.

Our book didn’t cover a longer hike that actually went to the Mount Diablo summit, so we decided to do the short Mary Bowerman trail which goes around the summit, and then the short summit trail up to the actual summit. The drive to the parking area is on a long twisty road often with no shoulder. On the way up, we noticed our rental car was running out of gas, so it was a stressful drive up. And for some reason our rental car had a burning smell as it climbed up to the summit. I decided I would definitely have preferred to hike up to the summit rather than drive up!
From the parking area, we crossed the street and took the Mary Bowerman trail. Due to the easy access, there were many people on the trail. The views were nice, but I enjoy hiking in quieter areas with fewer people around. The trail was easy, but did have mild exposure in spots. Not enough to bother me, but I could tell Glen was noticing it. After doing the loop, we walked up to the actual summit where there is a tower. Again, too many people for my taste.

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