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Discover Diablo -- a free hikes program

Enjoy wild lands, open spaces, breathtaking views

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Hikers enjoy the trails on a guided hike through Perkins Canyon during the Save Mount Diablo hiking series. (Photo by Roxana Lucero)

Looking for a nearby activity that is good for the mind, body and soul -- and is free? Check out this year's Discover Diablo, a public hike series by Save Mount Diablo that offers guided interpretive family walks, hikes and property tours open to everyone looking to get out in nature.

The 24 events in 2020 will take place on a Save Mount Diablo property or on land that it helped to protect, as participants explore the Bay Area's wild lands and open spaces.

Save Mount Diablo is a land trust founded in 1971 to preserve Mount Diablo's peaks, surrounding foothills and watersheds through land acquisition and preservation strategies. Its members are biologists, conservationists, hikers, bikers, equestrians, bird watchers -- and people who just love to look at the mountain.

"It is the goal of the Discover Diablo program to build connections between people, Save Mount Diablo and the land, helping our communities develop a strong sense of place and a deepened appreciation for our collective back yard," said Ted Clement, executive director of Save Mount Diablo.

Through this hiking program, Save Mount Diablo intends to reach new audiences and build its membership base of outdoor enthusiasts. The goal is also to spark a passion for the Diablo Range and to help people deepen their connections to the land and nature.

"We want to cultivate a love of the land in participants, as that is what it will take to ensure the precious Mount Diablo natural area is taken care of for generations to come," Clement said.

Discover Diablo hikes, which are for all ages and skill levels, are guided by knowledgeable staff and experienced volunteer hike leaders. Some of the properties hiked in the program are not yet open to the public, so participants have special opportunities to visit breathtaking landscapes rarely seen.

Shell Martinez Refinery is sponsoring the program for the fourth year.

"We hope that people will enjoy learning more about the diverse habitats and the striking vistas while spending time outside with their families and friends," said Ann Notarangelo, the refinery's external relations manager.

Registration is required for the hikes and tours. For a schedule, go to

The hikes kick off this Saturday with an easy, 1-mile jaunt that circles the Mount Diablo peak just below the summit, for 360-degree views. Although the hikes are free, parks charge entrance fees.

To learn more about the land trust, visit

Discover Diablo Guided Hikes

Jan. 25: Mary Bowerman Birthday Hike

Feb. 1: Shell Ridge Open Space Hike

Feb. 22: Oak Woodland Hike

Feb. 29: Wildlife Connectivity Hike

March 14: Connect With Nature Hike

March 21: Wildflowers on the Equinox Hike

March 28: Morgan Territory Wildflower Hike

April 4: Curry Canyon Ranch Photography Skills Hike

April 11: Irish Canyon Audubon Hike

April 26: Mangini Ranch Widflower Hike

May 2: Mitchell Canyon Medicinal Herb Walk

May 7: Curry Canyon Ranch Mt. Diablo Audubon Hike

May 9: Mitchel Canyon Wildflower Hike

June 6: Small Wonders along the Trail

July 11: Wright Canyon Evening Property Tour

Aug. 1: Mangini Ranch Meditation Hike

Sept. 19: Mitchell Canyon Tarantula Hike

Oct. 10: Borges Ranch Fall Hike

Oct. 25: Black Diamond Mines Halloween Hike

Nov. 7: Curry Point to Balancing Rock Hike -- Great Views with Only Modest Effort

Nov. 14: Irish Canyon Audubon Hike

Nov. 21: Big Bend Property Tour

Dec. 5: Winter's Transformations in the Oak Savanna

Dec. 19: Pine Creek Loop Hike.

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