Mount Diablo State Park is one of the Bay Area’s most incredible natural treasures. This one-of-a-kind mountain stirs the hearts and imaginations of all who visit. Isn’t it time that you discovered why? Read on to learn all about this legendary mountain. Afterward, if you are looking for more ways to explore the Bay Area, download our free Livermore Valley Vacation Guide! Our guide is full of recommendations on hiking, biking, kayaking, and the best places to dine afterward.
5 Reasons You Need to Visit Mt. Diablo State Park
1. It Is a Rare Geological Anomaly
Because of the movement of the Earth’s plates, Mount Diablo grows a little more each year. The movement of plates have jostled around the mountain’s volcanic and sedimentary deposits for centuries. The result is a treasure trove of a mountain! Coal and glass-making grade sand are just a few of the minerals harvested at Mount Diablo, and guided tours of these mines are available. You may even come across some fossilized seashells!
2. It Is Steeped in Legend
Mount Diablo is the setting for numerous reports of mysterious lights, hauntings, and ghost sightings. These reports date back over hundreds of years. As legend has it, a phantom black panther has been “seen” on multiple occasions, as have flying contraptions that date back to 1806. If you love a good ghost story, Mount Diablo may be the place to star in your own!
3. It Inspires Artists from Around the World
Mount Diablo is a well-documented subject for artists, photographers, and writers from around the globe. The mountain’s beauty has inspired thousands of works of art. In fact, the early artwork of Mount Diablo helped promote the tourism and settlement of the Pacific West Coast!
4. Unrivaled and Beautiful Hiking Trails
The best way to experience Mount Diablo is by hitting 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 call the 20,000-acre park their home. You might also spot some of the park’s residents, including coastal black-tailed deer, raccoons, California ground squirrels, and black-tailed hares.
5. The Greatest Reward of All
When you reach the summit, a great reward awaits. On a clear day, you can see almost 200 miles of breathtaking vistas, including the surrounding mountains and the Golden Gate Bridge! Remember to visit the Summit Building where you can access telescopes on the observation deck for an unforgettable view.
Relax and Unwind at The Purple Orchid Resort & Spa
After a beautiful day at Mount Diablo State Park, head home to The Purple Orchid Resort & Spa for some rest and relaxation. When you book any of our elegant accommodations, like the Wilderness Retreat, you can always look forward to stellar amenities, vacation packages, and top-notch service. Fuel up for a day of hiking with a complimentary, hot-plated breakfast. If your muscles are tense after a day of hitting the trails, take advantage of our spa services! When you are ready to plan your next Bay Area adventure, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to hear about your mountain adventures on Mount Diablo!