Juniper to Summit Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,737' 529 m
Descent: -1,727' -526 m
High: 3,586' 1,093 m
Low: 2,040' 622 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A combination of steep climbs and descents with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay Area.”— Anina Middleton
Take a right onto Meridian Ridge Fire Road.This wide, dirt road has a good mix of ascent and descent. You'll want to keep right at all the forks leading up to the summit following Meridian Ridge Fire Road.
Take another right onto Prospector's Gap Fire Road. This trail connects the Meridian Ridge Fire Road to the North Peak Trail so you can make your way to the summit. This whole trail is uphill and very steep. If you are headed to the summit then you are obviously going up, so be prepared for a good workout! The views behind you are fantastic of the San Francisco Bay Area though, so a couple quick breaks are not such a bad thing.
Once you come to the Prospector's Gap intersection, the North Peak Trail is very easy to find once you hit the fork at the top. Just take a right onto the North Peak Trail and follow the trail that leads you to the museum at the summit. You'll have to run Summit Road a little ways to get to Juniper Trail which will lead you very quickly back to your car.
There are multiple signs giving background about Mount Diablo and the surrounding area and plenty of great views to be seen on this run.
Land Manager: California State Parks - Mount Diablo State Park