Mount Diablo, Half Dome Training

We’re hiking to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite this October and to train, we’ve been hiking around the area. We’re fortunate there are so many great places to go within an hour of our house. One of those is Mount Diablo, the highest point in the East Bay.

We got a later start than we hoped for, but made it to the summit from Rock City. We did about 8 miles and 2000 feet of climbing there and back. The view from the summit is one of the best in the bay. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Sierras. This time of year has too much smog and haze.

The highlight of the hike was seeing a tarantula on the trail.

Tarantula on the Mount Diablo Summit Trail
Tarantula on the Mount Diablo Summit Trail

Hiking the ridge

I went for a five and a half mile hike by myself at Pleasanton Ridge. There was hardly anyone out there, I assume because of the 49ers game. It was nice to have the trails mostly to myself, though it did occur to me that I’d be up a creek if I feel or something.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Tired of watching the nonstop blather about the earthquake, we packed up the car and headed to Point Reyes National Seashore. We stopped in Cowgirl Creamery for lunch. After a pleasant picnic on the grounds of the visitor center we embarked on a 10 mile round trip hike down to the beach. I’ll let the picture do the rest of the talking.