Named after Muir’s oldest daughter, Mt. Wanda is open seven days a week – sunrise to sunset. Dogs are allowed on a leash, so please be sure to clean up after your hiking buddy. This 2.3 mile partial loop hike is an uphill saunter of half a mile to the nature trail, and one mile to the top. The highest point in the park is the summit at 640 feet. The entrance gate for Mt. Wanda is located by the Park & Ride lot on Franklin Canyon Road and Alhambra Ave. Martinez. For more information visit the National Park Service website at: www.nps.gov/jomu/index.htm
Information taken from the Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association website: www.mdia.org Rains Bring Waterfalls to the Mountain In the winter and throughout the spring, the Falls Trail (approximately 5.5-mile loop of moderate difficulty) offers fine views of one of the mountain’s most spectacular attractions, several waterfalls up to 100 feet high. But did you know that you can also find waterfalls elsewhere in the park when the rainfall is plentiful? Last spring, a cascade along Black Hawk Creek Road was falling approximately 25 feet. The nearest trail-head is in Rock City, requiring a hike of approximately 4 miles one way. Another waterfall was spotted last year on Dunn Creek in the Three Springs area of the park near Quarry Road. The closest trailhead is on Marsh Creek Road. Check the Event Calendar on Mt. Diablo State Park’s website: www.mdia.org during winter and spring for guided hikes to the falls. If you do decide to explore the various waterfalls in the park, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and terrain and please refrain from scrambling to the falls; it is dangerous and damages the landscape. For a guide to the Falls Trail Loop visit www.mdia.org. The Summit Building Observation Deck will be closed until early February 2013 for repair and weatherization. The Summit Building Visitor Center and Museum is scheduled to remain open daily from 10am to 4pm; however, some closures of the interior may be needed as the deck repair continues.
East Bay Regional Trails
The Park District has more than 1,200 miles of trails within its parklands, which offer year-round enjoyment. There are over 150 miles of paved trails linking Regional Parks that go through cities and along major streams and channels. The District sponsors the "Trails Challenge" program for the adventurous that enjoy exploring new trails by foot, bicycle, horseback, or even in-line skating! For more information call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757. Visit www.ebparks.org/parks/trails to learn more about the local hikes in our area.