Tarantula Tales on the Trail
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
We’ll assemble at the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center.
Bring a flashlight, water, snacks, wear good hiking shoes, and dress in layers. There are restrooms near the Visitor Center.