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958. Five Peaks of Diablo (11/28/14)

Hikers (33): Adam, Brad, Christina, Dan, David, Despina, Drew, Dwight, George, Gloria, Hima, Iyad, Jeff, Karl, Kathryn, Nagendra, Nick, Peter, Peter E, Rainer, Ralph, Robert, Rudi, Russ, Sarbinder, Sean W, Sophie, Stacy, Steve, Theresa, Wendy, William, Yannick
Distance: 16 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 9 beauty
Park info: Mt. Diablo State Park near Clayton

Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Iris, Karl, and Stacy

It felt like a Level 3 going up to the Summit -- pretty sure it was my best time ever at 2:40 -- but like a Level 5 on my aching knees on the way down, so I'll average it out and call it a 4. Karl's stats showed 4800 feet elevation on the day, including UG's new Nature Trail at the start.

Screw Black Friday -- 1, 2, 3 ... INCH!


Ironically, I scheduled the hike for Black Friday in order to avoid the crowds


Sweeping through the sweeping grasslands heading up to Mitchell Rock


The Man and Wendy are all smiles at Twin Peaks


Beautiful morning for a hike!


Looking back at the quarry from Eagle Peak (big elevation gain in short time!)


A bench with a view -- too bad we never stop to enjoy it


You mean we could have driven up here?
(Hima had an excellent post-hike suggestion to make it a one-way hike next year -- no downhill)


Then it was off to North Peak


Getting closer ...


Getting up to North Peak is a lot easier than getting down


Olympia is the final peak on the day before heading back to the quarry


David knows he's earned that post-hike beer and it's coming soon!

Various dubious honors were bestowed on the hike:

Milestones:
Highest point in Contra Costa county
Dan's 30th leaf
Drew's 1st leaf
Karl's 180th leaf
Nick's 70th leaf



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