San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A scientist exploring California in the 1860s described Mount Diablo's tarantulas as "attaining the size of a half-grown mouse, possessing fangs the size of a rattlesnake's, and delivering a bite generally considered fatal". Yeesh. Is this the gruesome truth or just arachnophobia? Let’s find out!
(Tarantulas are actually cute, fuzzy, and harmless.)
Join us for a 3-mile nature hike through Mitchell Canyon and we will dispel any malicious rumors you might have heard about Mount Diablo’s misunderstood eight-legged creatures. You can even meet two real-life tarantulas named Mia and Scarlet, real-life friends (not just Facebook friends) of hike leader Ken Lavin.
Leaders: Ken Lavin & Liz Watson
Cost: $6 per vehicle park entrance fee (exact change needed)
Weather Policy: Heavy rain cancels
What to Bring: Wear good hiking shoes; bring water, a flashlight, and an intrepid spirit
Where to Meet: Meet in front of the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center in Mt. Diablo State Park.