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Exploratory Hike – Del Puerto Canyon

May 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

All Discover Diablo hikes are subject to, and will honor, all applicable COVID-19–related restrictions in place for our area.

About this Event

Come join Save Mount Diablo on an exploration into the heart of the Diablo Range. Enjoy amazing views of steep rugged hillsides, beautiful wildflowers, soaring raptors, and the damage from the SCU Lightning Complex.

We will meet at the Minniear Day Use area, 13.8 miles down DPC road from highway 5. This public reserve is open to the public 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset. There we will hike along Del Puerto Creek before climbing the scorched hillsides if the area, padding serpentine and quartz outcroppings on our way toward the summit. From there we will be awarded with stunning views of the western Sierra Nevada, as well as the surrounding peaks. On this hike we will truly get a flavor as to the impact the SCU Lightning Complex had on the canyon, seeing and smelling the areas impacted as well as those that were not.

Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels.

Due to COVID-19, we are limiting the hike to 8 participants. All participants must bring a mask and stay 6ft apart. Hand sanitizer will be available at the hike.

Participants will also be required to accept our COVID-19 Protocol (available during registration).

Land: Stanislaus County

Rating: Strenuous

Distance: 8 miles

Elevation change: 1,000’

Leader: Sean Burke, Save Mount Diablo Land Programs Director

Meet: Minniear Day Use Area at Frank Raines Park

Directions: 17802 Del Puerto Canyon Rd, Patterson, CA 95363


(Photo by Sean Burke)



When does registration open for this event?

Each Discover Diablo event opens up for registration exactly 2 months before the day of the event at 12AM. All events are first come, first serve.


Are dogs allowed on Discover Diablo hikes?

No. Some Discover Diablo hikes take place on land owned by other organizations (such as Mount Diablo State Park & East Bay Regional Park lands) and many of the trails on these properties have a strict no-dog policy.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. On the hike day, we will have a roster with your registration information on it. Please make sure to check in with the hike leader.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes. If you would like to change anything, please contact Denise Castro at dcastro@savemountdiablo.org


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach Denise Castro, Outreach & Education Associate, at dcastro@savemountdiablo.org


May 15, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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