As promised when I first started this blog, I will dedicate some of my entries to non-Mt. Whitney topics. I am currently in training for another Mt. Whitney attempt, possibly my last one for a while. I’m hoping to give Mt. Kilimanjaro a try in 2012 if I can manage the costs of the trip. Yesterday, however, I set my sights on a much more local peak, Mt. Diablo. I started at Rock City (elev. 1620′) and hiked approximately 4 miles up the Summit Trail to the top of Mt. Diablo (elev. 3849′). On the descent, I took the Juniper Trail until it met up with the Summit Trail again.
I have to admit, that I prefer the environs of Mt. Tamalpais, which is where I do a majority of my hiking. It’s cooler there, I love the abundant redwoods, and I’ve never come across a rattlesnake. Nevertheless, Mt. Diablo offers a wonderful variety of geology, wildflowers and tremendous views. Here are a handful of photos I came home with yesterday. I’ve also included a couple of images from a hike last year.