Down the Devil’s Slide (and Back Again)
Date: Sunday, February 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rating: M 4 A
Rain Policy: Rain Cancels
What to bring: Lunch, liquids, and good hiking shoes. Dress in layers.
We’ll loop through Madrone Canyon to view rare plants, early blooming flowers, fossils, and even an ancient beach turned to rock on a canyon wall. We should be finished by 1:30 at the latest, so everyone should be back in plenty of time for Super Bowl kick-off at 3:30 p.m.
Hope to see you out there!
How to get there:
We will meet at the Upland Picnic Area in Rock City at 10 a.m.
From the west, including Berkeley, Oakland, and SF, follow Route 24 through the Caldecott Tunnel toward Walnut Creek. Take 680 North and exit immediately onto Ygnacio Valley Road. Turn right on Ygnacio Valley Road and follow it east to Oak Grove Road. Turn right. Follow Oak Grove Road to North Gate Road, and then turn left on North Gate Road. Take North Gate Road and head into the park. Continue to the Junction Ranger Station. From there continue on South Gate Road for about 2 ½ miles to Rock City.
From north of Walnut Creek (Pleasant Hill, Concord, or Highway 4), follow 680 South, exit Treat Blvd. and follow Treat Blvd. east to Oak Grove Road. Turn right on Oak Grove Road. Continue on Oak Grove Road after crossing Ygnacio Valley Road continuing to North Gate Road. Turn left on North Gate Road and head into the park. Continue to the Junction Ranger Station. From there continue on South Gate Road for about 2 ½ miles to Rock City.
From the South (Tri-Valley area), take Interstate 680 North. Exit on Diablo Blvd in Danville traveling to the east. Diablo Road makes several turns en route to Mt. Diablo Scenic Drive (South Gate Road). Continue on Diablo Road past a fire station on the right until you reach Mt. Diablo Scenic Drive. Turn left and follow this road into the park. Rock City is on your left about 1 mile past the South Entrance Station.