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Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park
Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park    

Mount Diablo is a mountain of the Diablo Range, in Contra Costa County of the eastern San Francisco Bay Area, in northern California. It is located south of Clayton and northeast of Danville.

Birds: woodland birds, warblers, hummingbirds.

Hiking Difficulty: 3

Directions:

  • Take 680 north (if leaving from the store, take South Broadway north, turn right on Ygnacio Valley Rd.)
  • Exit Ygnacio Valley Rd.; go approximately 7 miles
  • Turn right on Clayton Valley Rd.; go approximately 1 mile
  • Turn right on Mitchell Canyon; go 1.6 miles to parking lot
  • Be prepared to pay $2.00 or more per car.

Hiking Difficulty codes:
1=Easy, very few hills to climb
2=Moderately Easy, some small hills to climb
3=Challenging, flat land ranging to gentle to some steep slopes
4=Difficult, some very steep hills to climb

Conversation with a Lion


According to a local biologist thereís a mountain lion in the area where I live. Iíve seen the remains of deer that I suspected were the leftovers of a mountain lion meal, but Iíve never actually seen one.

I was hiking in the hills behind my house recently looking for deer antlers when I had the uneasy feeling I was being watched. Looking around for anything--or anyone--

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