Mt Diablo

1 Jan 2001 - by Joan Marshall

We had a hike over the New Year's holiday to Mt.Diablo starting at the Mitchell Canyon Trail, North Gate Entrance. I was told the gates into the park would be closed a half hour before sunset, and the exit gate would be closed right at sunset. Because of the time contraint, I discouraged a lot of people from going on the hike, if they didn't think they could hike fast enough. I even called the ranger at the park, and asked if they might cut us a little slack, if we were a few minutes late, and the answer was a very terse, emphatic, no. But, upon arriving at the park, to my surprise, I discovered there was no entrance or exit gate. And, added bonus, no entrance fee.

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