Hiking on Mount Diablo

Mount Diablo is a mountain and state park found east of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a designated historical landmark of California, and is popular for hiking, cycling, camping, horse-riding or simply just sight-seeing. Quite interesting to know is that, because the mountain is situated between two earthquake faults, it grows a few millimetres every year!! Diablo also means “devil” in Spanish. Oh-oh!!

Wanderung auf den Mount Diablo                         Wanderung auf den Mount Diablo

A typical sandstone boulder found in an area called “Rock City”. Hmm…the imagination is running wild now. Is that a head nestling in grass, or a melting lump of Swiss Cheese  😉

Wanderung auf den Mount Diablo - Rückblick

Wanderung auf den Mount Diablo

A retrospective view of the distance achieved so far. Rolling hills as far as the eye can see!

DSCN2124_bearbeitet-1 Kopie

Sunny and pretty little California poppy wildflowers. It is against the law to pick or uproot them in the wild, and rightly so. They are also the official state flowers of California.

Pinienzapfen                         Wanderung auf den Mount Diablo - nahe beim Gipfel

Cones from the foothill pine which is typically found in the park. Nearing the summit (right)

Wanderung auf den Mount Diablo - am Gipfel       Wanderung auf den Mount Diablo

The top! Finally! The viewing range is quite vast, more than 200 kilometres on good days…

Wanderung auf den Mount DiabloOne last look at this wonderful landscape, then “splish-splash-got-to-dash” it’s off to the hotel for a well deserved dip in the shimmering, hopefully cool, swimming pool…

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