Recommended Hike: Surprised by Goldfish

Mt. Diablo/Burma Road to the summit

By Patrick Walker

There are plenty of trails that lead to the summit of Mt. Diablo, but if you are looking for a beautiful and strenuous hike, this one is for you.

Start by driving approximately 2.5 miles up Northgate Road past the gate to enter the state park. If you see a huge hill with a trail straight up it, you are at the right place. Start heading up the hill on Burma Road Trail.

Once you reach the top of the hill, keep going straight onto Angel Kerley Road Trail. You will come upon some trees with a small trail just past them leading to the left; take this trail (Mothers Trail).

After some steep switchbacks you reach a goldfish pond. (Yes, it's full of goldfish. Don't ask why.) Continue on up the trail and you'll eventually reach Deer Flat Road Trail, which leads you straight to Juniper Campground.

Find the summit trail and you'll be at the top of Mt. Diablo in no time!

 Miles: 4.25
 Elevation Gain: Approx. 3,000 feet
 Time: Less than 3 hours
 Difficulty: Medium

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