Hike-a-week : Back Creek/Mitchell Canyon Loop
Mount Diablo State Park
8.5 miles in 4:45:00
Rating : Moderate/Strenuous
Elevation Gain : 1,800 ft
- Second hike of the summer
- Well marked trail; saw about a dozen other hikers
- Came across two rattle snakes — freaked us out and delayed our hike a bit
- The climb to Murchio Gap was steep (never thought it would end) and we were tempted to turn around. Glad we didn’t. Forged on and enjoyed the climb down.
- I always hike with a camera but we accidentally left it at home. It was somewhat of a liberating experience — enjoyed the freedom to admire wildflowers, butterflies, and surrounding beauty without the constraints of a lens. I occasionally pulled out my iPhone to capture a few images for Project Life. (Did ya the number of photos in this post?)
- More sun than shade but the weather was awesome so it made for an enjoyable hike.
- PB & J on multigrain bread + mango + carrots + nuts + cranberries = perfect hiking food
- The twenty bucks I spent on a bladder turned out to be the best purchase ever. Forget carrying water bottles in fanny packs/backpacks. The camel pack is the way to go.
- The map in our hiking guide lacked the necessary details for a successful hike. We took a picture of a couple’s trail map with our iPhone to help us navigate our way to the trail head. We did NOT get lost. Note to self : pick up a detailed trail map at the Ranger Station before heading out for our next adventure.
- Jewels + I agreed that rattle snakes + steep climbs definitely add to the adventure.
- Our next hike will be on flatter terrain. What was I thinking when I picked the first two hikes of the summer? Both were rated strenuous + had crazy elevation gains!
- Enjoyed a well deserved pomegranate pick-me-up smoothie at the end of the hike.