Eagle Peak Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,983' 604 m
Descent: -1,983' -604 m
High: 2,352' 717 m
Low: 631' 192 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“A moderate loop run to a surprisingly dramatic summit near Mount Diablo.”— Miguel Vieira
The Mitchell Rock Trail climbs steeply to Mitchell Rock, an outcrop with excellent views of Mitchell Canyon. Beyond Mitchell Rock, keep climbing through grasslands and woodlands to Twin Peaks, which offers even more excellent views.
A little farther, the Mitchell Rock Trail ends at the Eagle Peak Trail and climbs through dense chaparral to the summit of Eagle Peak, about 1,800 feet above the start of the run. The summit of Eagle Peak is on an open ridge with good views of Mitchell Canyon and Mount Diablo.
Continue on the Eagle Peak Trail, traversing toward Murchio Gap. At the gap, you'll find an intersection with several trails. Go left on Meridian Ridge Fire Road and almost immediately take the Back Creek Trail down into the chaparral.
The narrow Back Creek Trail descends for two miles through chaparral back down to the Mount Diablo foothills. Where the trail ends at Bruce Lee Road, turn left. Take Bruce Lee Road for 0.2 miles, then turn left again onto the Coulter Pine Trail.
The Coulter Pine Trail traverses a scenic hillside, then ends at Oak Road, where you can re-trace your steps back to the Mitchell Canyon staging area.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Mount Diablo State Park