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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

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



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