Are you searching for a great way to spend a gorgeous summer day? Look no further than Mount Diablo State Park! It’s an easy drive through beautiful wine country from The Purple Orchid Resort and Spa. Heralded by many as one of the best state parks in California, it offers challenging hiking trails, rich history, and picturesque scenery. Mount Diablo State Park has something for everyone!
If you love outdoor recreation, a day at Mount Diablo State Park is a perfect beginning to your wine country vacation. Download a copy of our free Vacation Guide to find out about additional activities you can enjoy. Whether you’re up for more hiking, or you want to explore local galleries, shops or restaurants, our suggestions will help you plan an incredible visit to Livermore, CA.
Explore the Beautiful Mount Diablo State Park
1. It Is a Rare Geological Anomaly
Because of the movement of the Earth’s plates, Mount Diablo continues to grow every year. The unique makeup of volcanic and sedimentary deposits that have been jostled around by the plates’ movements for centuries have left the mountain a treasure trove for those interested in exploration. Coal and glass-making grade sand have been harvested from Mount Diablo and guided tours of the mines are available. In addition, you may also come across fossilized seashells!
2. It Is Steeped in Legend
For hundreds of years, Mount Diablo has been the setting for numerous reports of mysterious lights, hauntings and ghost sightings. A phantom black panther has been “seen” on multiple occasions, as have flying contraptions dating back to as early as 1806. If you love a good ghost story, Mount Diablo might just be the place to star in your own!
3. It Is Loved by Artists Worldwide
Long a subject for artists, photographers and writers from around the globe, Mount Diablo has inspired thousands of works of art. In fact, early artwork of the mountain even helped promote the tourism and settlement of the Pacific West Coast!
4. Mount Diablo Hiking Trails
The best way to experience the mountain yourself is to hit one of the trails. The mountain has an elevation of 3,849 feet. As you climb to the summit, you’ll encounter some of the 400 species of plants that have been identified within the 20,000-acre park. You may also observe some of the abundant wildlife including coastal black-tailed deer, raccoons, California ground squirrels, black-tailed hares and more. Please remember to dress for the weather and take plenty of water with you on the hike.
5. Mount Diablo Summit Hike
A great reward awaits, should you reach the summit. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see almost 200 miles. Your view will include surrounding mountains and the Golden Gate Bridge! Be sure to visit the Summit Building where you can access telescopes on the observation deck for an incredible view.
Head Back to Purple Orchid Resort & Spa for a Relaxing Afternoon
Inspiration, excitement, and beauty are just a short drive from The Purple Orchid Resort and Spa. Mount Diablo State Park is one of the many places you can go to experience the incredible landscape that surrounds us. After a day of adventure, return to Purple Orchid to relax and recharge. Select one of our specials or packages to enhance your getaway.
If you’re ready for an adventure, contact us to schedule your stay today!