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Summer Solstice Saunter (Evening Hike)

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Ken Lavin

6:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center

96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton, CA

It’s (almost) summertime and the “living is easy”— the perfect time for a crepuscular hike on Mount Diablo.

Our adventure begins with a walk to Coulter Pond, home to western toads and chorus frogs. After our amphibian serenade, we’ll hike up Mitchell Canyon and check out the park’s floral and faunal evening shift. As we walk, we'll view soap root (amole) in bloom. Soap root flowers this time of year but the blossoms don't open until late afternoon, so this is a rare chance to see them on display. What critter pollinates this unusual flower? Join us to see for yourself (Hint: It wears a yellow hat, yellow cape, and yellow belt!)

This is an easy to moderate hike of about 3.5 miles round trip with a few hundred feet in elevation gain. Bring liquids and snacks. Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Bring poles if you normally use them. Restrooms and water are available near the trailhead.

Sponsored by California State Parks and Greenbelt


Reservation required: Email

Fee: $6 per vehicle/Seniors $5 (exact change required) or pay on the Yodel app

Leader(s): Ken Lavin and Liz Watson

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