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1076. Black Diamond Mines (03/25/17)

Hikers (23): Brad, Chris P, Christophe, David A, Giulia, Hailong, Jane, Jarda, Jeff, Jim, Kathryn, Kendra, Mihail, Milon, Peter E, Praveen, Russell, Sarbinder, Shuli, Sophie, Steve, Vicki, Yipeng
Distance: 21 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 7 beauty
Park info: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve near Pittsburg

Steve owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Hailong, Jarda and Steve

Black Diamond never disappoints. Went out of our way to hit a few new trail (and plenty of old ones). Some muddy trails caused some grief, but still beats the brown/hot normal condition of this underappreciated park.

INCH bypasses Rose Peak for an interesting trail

Jim's Place (sans Shuli)

Steve led a few lucky front-running Europeans to Eureka Slope

Black Diamond's Overlook--a.k.a. gratuitous elevation

The normally brown park was quite green

A few paces off Star Mine Trail take you to Star Mine

Coming up Homestead Trail for the last (well, not really) uphill of the hike

Jarda's 30th leaf
Jim's 90th leaf
Praveen's 30th leaf

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