Gallery: Top 6 Autumn Hikes Around the San Francisco Bay Area – Get Out...

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North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park

Overview: North Peak exists for those that hate the crowds that swamp its sister peak Mount Diablo. The five-mile hike gains over 3,000 feet in elevation and is not for the faint of heart. But remember that the benefits and rewards far outweigh any difficulty hikers may have on the trail. On a clear autumn day hikers can see all the way to the snow-capped Sierra peaks hundreds of miles away. The wildlife on this trail also loves autumn. Tarantulas often walk the trail in pilgrimage for a mate! Tips: The hike is very strenuous and covers some tricky terrain so pack plenty of water and food for energy. If you are a peak-bagger, then add another three miles to your trip by traveling to main summit along Mount Olympia Trail. Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 10 miles/16.1 km Duration: Plan for Full Day [According to] Map

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