Those interested in getting a first-hand look at Mt. Diablo’s ongoing recovery from last September’s Morgan Fire are invited to join a series of upcoming recovery hikes hosted by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.
Mt. Diablo Looks Toward Recovery
Fire Recovery Hike
Sat., Jan. 18, 10 — 11:30 a.m. and noon — 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 8, 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. and noon — 2:30 p.m.
Phil Reed leads this easy 0.7 mile, 1.5 hour hike around the summit of Mt. Diablo (elev. 3849’) along the Mary Bowerman Trail. The hike starts in an unburned area on the north and proceeds to the Morgan Fire burned area on the south side of the mountain. Unique post-fire flowers can be expected. Wear good hiking shoes; bring liquids and snacks, dress in layers, apply sunscreen. Heavy rain cancels a hike.
The hike begins from the Lower Summit Parking Lot. Each of the four hikes must be registered for separately at www.mdia.org.
After the Fire Hike
Sun., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ken Lavin leads this free, moderate, three mile nature hike in Perkins Canyon, ground zero for September’s big Morgan Fire. View the devastation wrought by the blaze and see how the mountain is beginning to recover. See some of the area’s fascinating volcanic features, peer at an old mercury mine, and hear the strange tale of Mount Diablo’s “Doc” William Ryder Powell, circus clown turned prospector. Rain cancels. Wear good hiking shoes; bring liquids and snacks, dress in layers.
For reservations and directions to the trailhead, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frog Pond and Green Ranch Hike
Sun., Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jake Van Akkeren leads this nine mile hike that descends into wooded Curry Canyon before heading up to Frog Pond, and then makes a steep ascent to the Green Ranch site and Oak Knoll before returning downhill to Curry Point. Much of this loop includes sections of grassland, chaparral and oak and pine woods that burned in last September’s Morgan Fire. Early season wildflowers should be abundant. Wear good hiking shoes; bring lunch, liquids and snacks, dress in layers. Hikers should be prepared for mud and poison oak. Heavy rain cancels a hike. A $10 per vehicle parking fee is required.
The hike starts from the Curry Point trailhead, which is located South Gate Road, about 1/2 mile beyond Rock City at a large parking lot on the right. For information or to register, email email@example.com
For information on any of the hikes, visit www.mdia.org