This free, two-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m. with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the full moon rise over nearby Mt. Diablo. Atop Mt. Wanda's 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the moon. Visitors can also listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.
Visitors should meet at the CalTrans Park and Ride lot at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring water, a flashlight, warm clothes, and binoculars (if you have them). Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the trail is steep.
For additional information, please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at (925) 228-8860 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/jomu. Full moon walks continue through October.
The John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM.