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!
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 arachnids. You can even meet a tarantula named Curly, the real-life friend (not just Facebook friend) of the hike leader.
Be sure to bring a mask, plenty of water and a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels.
Restrooms are available at the parking lot.
Participants will be required to accept our COVID-19 Protocol (available during registration).
***There will be a $6 park entrance fee
This event is limited to 20 participants.
Land: Mount Diablo State Park
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation change: 300’
Leader: Ken Lavin, Save Mount Diablo Volunteer Hike Leader
Meet: Mitchell Canyon Interpretive Center parking area, Clayton, CA
Directions: From I-680, head east on Ygnacio Valley Road for 7.5 miles, then turn right on Clayton Road. Continue on Clayton Road, take a right on Mitchell Canyon Road, and follow it to the end.
(Photo by Seth Adams)
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 10AM. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach Denise Castro, Outreach & Education Associate, at email@example.com