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Eagle Peak Loop

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A moderate loop hike to a surprisingly dramatic summit near Mount Diablo.


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6.5

Miles

10.4

KM

Loop

2,352' 717 m

High

631' 192 m

Low

1,983' 604 m

Up

1,983' 604 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

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Overview

This loop hike visits several scenic overlooks and tops out on the summit of Eagle Peak. The return takes you through pretty Back Creek canyon.

Description

From the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area, hike south on Mitchell Canyon Fire Road and then shortly after that, take Oak Road to the left. After a quarter mile on Oak Road, turn right onto the Mitchell Rock Trail, heading uphill.

The Mitchell Rock Trail climbs steeply to Mitchell Rock, an outcrop with excellent views of Mitchell Canyon. Beyond Mitchell Rock, keep climbing through grasslands and woodlands to Twin Peaks, which offers even more excellent views.

A little farther, the Mitchell Rock Trail ends at the Eagle Peak Trail and climbs through dense chaparral to the summit of Eagle Peak, about 1,800 feet above the start of the hike. The summit of Eagle Peak is on an open ridge with good views of Mitchell Canyon and Mount Diablo.

Continue on the Eagle Peak Trail, traversing toward Murchio Gap. At the gap, you'll find an intersection with several trails. Go left on Meridian Ridge Fire Road and almost immediately take the Back Creek Trail down into the chaparral.

The narrow Back Creek Trail descends for two miles through chaparral back down to the Mount Diablo foothills. Where the trail ends at Bruce Lee Road, turn left. Take Bruce Lee Road for 0.2 miles, then turn left again onto the Coulter Pine Trail.

The Coulter Pine Trail traverses a scenic hillside, then ends at Oak Road, where you can re-trace your steps back to the Mitchell Canyon staging area.

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Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

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  4.3 from 8 votes

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Photos

Mount Diablo and Eagle Peak seen from Mitchell Rock
Nov 23, 2017 near Clayton, CA
North Peak in the clouds seen from the Eagle Peak Trail.
Nov 22, 2017 near Clayton, CA
A view from our lunch spot on the Meridian Ridge Fire Road.
Dec 20, 2015 near Clayton, CA
Eagle Peak seen from Back Creek Trail.
Nov 22, 2017 near Clayton, CA

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May 27, 2019
Mark Macdonald
6.7mi — 3h 11m
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Apr 14, 2019
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Apr 13, 2019
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Mar 16, 2019
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Mar 15, 2019
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Mar 15, 2019
Dennis Gillotte
Eagle peak! Challenging 6.4mi — 3h 32m