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In Muir's Footsteps

One of the highlights of any visit to the John Muir National Historic Site is a ramble up Mount Wanda. The legendary Scottish-American naturalist regularly took his two daughters up this hilltop, and by retracing their footsteps you can delight in the same natural splendor they did: shady oak groves, lush glades, wildflower beds, and sprawling vistas.

The Mount Wanda Trail and John Muir Nature Trail compose Mount Wanda's trail network. From openings in the oak woodlands and from the summit, views extend over the Alhambra Valley and out to Mount Diablo. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset--and sometimes afterhours for guided full-moon jaunts, among several organized Mount Wanda hikes the Park Service runs.

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