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Mitchell Canyon Nature Trail

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Smell the Flowers

Grab the Mitchell Canyon Trail Guide and hit this gentle, 4-mile stroll to acquaint yourself with the natural delights of Mount Diablo State Park's northern wilds. You've got 10 interpretive stops along the way spelling out some of the backstory of Mitchell Creek's oak parklands and riverside woods. The trail's a simple out-and-back, but you can spice up the return hike by detouring on the Globe Lily Trail.

Especially in spring and early summer, the Mitchell Canyon Nature Trail's a fantastic place to admire native blooms such as sunflower and California poppy, and there are wildlife-viewing opportunities year-round, whether you're glimpsing a brush rabbit on retreat or a browsing black-tailed buck.

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