5.6 out of 10

Summit Rd, California

37.8726982010425 -121.925542611606
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5

"Nice but Inaccessible"

If you have all the time in the world, Mount Diablo State Park is the place to be. With an abundance of hiking trails, campgrounds, scenic vistas and a huge lack of crowds, this is a very cool state park for a weekend. However, this is not a place to run off 680 for a quick hike.

The drive from the interstate is about 10-15 minutes, up gradual switchbacks. Once you arrive at the entrance, it is another 15 minutes up the mountain to the park entrance, which is a $10 fee. Upon entering, you will be directed further up; if you want to hike the ever-popular summit trail, it is ANOTHER 30 minutes to the top of the mountain.

Of course, there is the option of hiking to the top, but there is, of course, a huge degree of dissatisfaction that comes from walking to the top of something and finding a parking lot.

This seems like a fun place to spend a weekend hiking and camping with friends. However, if you are devoting that much time, you might as well head to Yosemite or Tahoe.
  • Great hiking
  • Scenery everywhere
  • Reasonably uncrowded
  • Painfully hot in the summer
  • Difficult to drive to
  • Prohibitive entry cost
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers

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