Tarantula Tales on the Trail

Saturday, August 25, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$6 per vehicle park entrance fee (exact change required).
Mount Diablo State Park
Clayton, Contra Costa County

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 mostly harmless; they even have a dance called the tarantella named for them.) Join us for a nature walk 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 a tarantula named Scarlet O’Harry, the real-life friend (not just Facebook friend) of hike leader Liz Watson.

Photo: Zoe Meyers 

Outing Leaders:
Liz Watson
Total Distance:
This is an easy hike of about two miles round trip with a couple hundred feet elevation gain.
Weather Policy:

Rain Cancels.

Where to Meet:

We’ll assemble at the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center.

Leaders Note:

Bring a flashlight, water, snacks, wear good hiking shoes, and dress in layers. There are restrooms near the Visitor Center.


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