Keep your fingers crossed for early rains in the New Year and come experience the namesake of Frog Pond. Wet conditions encourage singing frogs and hopefully the pond will be in full chorus!
Join experience hike leader, Patrick Kelly, on a hike through Mount Diablo State Park. This 5 mile hike will be taken at a moderate pace and will offer great views of the south side of the mountain as well as the San Ramon Valley. Along the way you might pick up a slight smell of rotten eggs, not to repulse but to draw attention to a natural sulfur spring near the pond. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Bring sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water, and a snack.
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation change: 300’
Leader: Save Mount Diablo Hike Leader, Patrick Kelly
Meet: Curry Point Parking Lot – Mount Diablo State Park
Directions: From Interstate 680 in Contra Costa County, exit Diablo Road (exit 39). Follow the green “parks” signs: drive east on Diablo Road (turn right to continue on Diablo Road at El Cerro), then turn left at the (stop sign) junction with Blackhawk onto Mount Diablo Scenic Boulevard. Drive north on Mount Diablo Scenic Boulevard, which morphs into South Gate Road at the park boundary. Drive carefully uphill on this narrow road (watch out for bicyclists) to the entrance kiosk. Then continue about 1.5 miles to the broad flat parking lot on the right side of the road (the Curry Point sign is near the start of the trail, but it’s the first parking lot past Rock City).
Fee: $10 Park Entrance Fee