Mount Diablo's one of the defining landforms of the Bay Area, a 3,849-foot peak famous for its regional prominence and the killer views its summit serves up. The Grand (or Summit) Loop Trail makes a 6.5-mile circumambulation of Diablo, offering spectacular scenery and an unbeatable introduction to the mountain's ecology. There's some amazing botanical variety on tap--chaparral thickets, oak and laurel groves, pine savannas--and the opportunity to spot anything from songbirds and snakes to coyotes and red-tailed hawks.
A clear day in wintertime is just about unbeatable for tackling the Grand Loop: The skyline panorama can include faraway peaks of the Sierra Nevada as well as the Cascade crown of Mount Lassen, especially visible this time of year given their snowpack.
Mount Diablo State Park is a popular park that offers great trails for biking, hiking, and... Read more