Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mt. Diablo Hike

On September 8, 2013, a fire ignited on a private ranch in Perkins Canyon on the east slope of Mt. Diablo.  It raged out of control for four days burning approximately 3,100 acres on the east and south facing sides of the mountain.  The fire came within a 100' of the summit where the Visitor Center and two communication towers are located.

Remarkably, no dwellings or people were lost.  The Perkins Canyon Fire was the biggest fire on the mountain since 1977.

Rich Blackmarr, leader of the Sac. County Hikers, organized today's hike to view the aftermath of this fire on the mountain vegetation.  Being the month of April, the wildflowers were in peak bloom and the hillsides verdant from the recent February rains.  And with sunny blue skies, it was the ideal time to visit Mt. Diablo.

The hike, about a 5 mile out and back, took the North Peak Trail from the Summit Parking Lot near the top of Mt. Diablo to a turn-around point on the Prospector Gap Trail.  The trail dropped and gained approximately 2,000'.

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From Mt. Diablo Hike

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