Adventures Bay Area Hikes

Short and Sweet – Mary Bowerman Trail in Mount Diablo State Park


This is an easy, short (0.8) mile hike around the summit of Mount Diablo. This hike had spectacular views, lots of a little scrub oak that was new to me – the California Scrub Oak, and high winds. Almost no elevation change make it easy, but the steep drop off makes you feel like you’re on an adventure. A portion of the trail is even accessible. Not one for the kids though (too many steep drop-offs).

Interesting bits:

This 0.8 mile hike was lovely, short, and easy. I’m not sure I’d do it again without another hike in the park planned, it’s just too short of a hike for the longish drive up the mountain. That said, next time I’m checking out a hike here, I’ll pack a lunch and do the Mary Bowerman Trail after a picnic between hikes. Next time, I’d love to get up to the summit and check out the visitor’s center there.


This hike starts at the upper parking lot, and you’ll find water, porta-potties, picnic tables, and barbecues up there. The rest of the park has a ton of trails, bike paths, camping areas, and visitor centers.

Getting there:

The road up the mountain is a bit of a challenge. It’s a two lane windy road, with lots of blind turns, and it’s dominated by bikes. So, take it slow, be careful, and be nice to the bikes you’re sharing the road with. There is a $10 day use fee at the top of the mountain which you’ll need to pay to get to the upper parking lot.

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