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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

Another Conversation...


A few years back I had an interesting discussion with a Western Scrub-Jay. We talked about how smart and intelligent the corvid family was. Well, the jay did mostly. I just listened. The corvid family, which includes jays, both Scrub and Stellerís, crows, ravens and magpies, are known for their smarts. Too smart for their own good sometimes, but you have to admire them for their cleverness.

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East Bay Times Article


Attracting birds and bees to our yards and gardens is simple, if we provide what they like and need.

Joanie Cornell, owner of East Bay Nature in Walnut Creek and Dublin, says there are five essential elements for success ó water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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