Contra Costa County
Hikers: Cathy, Laura
Distance: 6 miles - short but steep
Elevation Gain: 2,208 ft
Looking for seclusion? This is the hike for you - if you don't mind a bit of climbing. We saw only one person and his two dogs on the way up the peak, and only a few others on the way down on a main road.
As for the climbing part - per the MDIA (Mt. Diablo Interpretive Assoc.) total rise occurs in a little over a mile! (From where we started - we reached the top in 2.5 miles.)
I'm thinking this is not a very well known loop. If you search Mount (or Mt.) Olympia on the Mt. Diablo State Park website, nothing comes up. A Google search reveals only a few hits. It may also not be popular due to it being a bit strenuous. It was a good hike - we would do it again.
Mt. Olympia - before we knew it was her.
There she is. In the middle. She doesn't look very intimidating.
Still doesn't look so bad..
Bwahaha! Boy do I look silly climbing up a steep hill!
Remnants of the Morgan Fire.
Almost there - if you look closely, you can see the marker on the peak.
Mt. Diablo Summit in the background.
Enticing looking trail - wrong direction though.
We made it! :)
Whew! What a trek!
No, she is not trying to be prim and proper by sticking out her pinky. She dislocated it when she fell - luckily she was able to pop it back into place. Still smiling though!
A nice rest, and a belly full of food. I'm ready to conquer the downhill!!!
The littler in the middle of the trail.. (which I did not notice when I took the photo) was a pair of poopy undies. Poor soul.
Show the love. Heart-shaped scat, on a heart-shaped rock.
You can call me Cat. :)
This is where the pull-out should have been for us to park.
Sharkey Road, Olympia Trail, East Trail, Mt. Olympia Road, Olympia Trail