Welcome To Diablo Trail History

Dedicated to trail lovers and users, focus on Mount Diablo.  Proper trail connectors increase user experience and protect the environment.  I hope you enjoy the ride, er, or hike.

4 ARTICLES EXPLORING MOUNT DIABLO TRAIL HISTORY

TRAIL HISTORY - DIABLO AND CALIFORNIA

Trail advocacy in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties began in the 1940s and 50s.  Mount Diablo played a large role.

DIABLO EQUESTRIAN HISTORY

Equestrians built Mount Diablo trails and ranch roads from the early stock farm days of the late 1800s.

DIABLO ROAD CYCLIST HISTORY

There are more than 200,000 cyclist visits to Mount Diablo every year but did you know that early cycling clubs scheduled overnight trips to the mountain in the late 1800s?

DIABLO MOUNTAIN BIKING HISTORY

Mountain biking advocacy began as an offshoot of the early East Bay Area Trails Council.  The first mountain biking advocacy groups were formed right here in the Bay Area.

DIABLO SOUTHERN GATEWAY

1874 AND 1915-16 TOLL ROADS

In 1874 Pine Canon Stage Road and Dan Cook Stage Road were built.  In 1915-16 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. was opened as the new road to the Summit.

1960s - DIABLO GROWTH & CONTROL

 

Two World Wars and a depression destroyed developer plans to monetize Mount Diablo yet by the 1950s and 1960s, development exploded and forever altered user access to the State Park.

1970s DIABLO LAKES DISRUPTION

Blackhawk, Diablo Lakes, and many other 1970s developments protected public access rights to Mount Diablo State Park.

TODAY’S DIABLO PARK ACCESS

Today the 20,000 acre Mount Diablo State Park plays host to over 350,000 annual visitors who drive, ride or hike into the park from every direction.

NORTHGATE ROAD HISTORY

WALKER TO BURGESS TO GINOCHIO

The same R. N. Burgess of Diablo lore also owned and subdivided much of Walnut Creek in the Northgate area and the largest current owner along Northgate Road is the Ginochio family.

FRYER TO KERLEY

The Pine Canyon corridor was strategically important to ranchers and developers because of its watershed.  Multiple owners attempted to profit from water availability.  Kerley/Dunlevy inholdings are all that are left of private ranches in the area.

STAGING AREAS LATE 1970s

MACEDO RANCH

Macedo Ranch had a wild and crazy history and is now home to one of two critical Staging areas added to the State Park in the late 1970s.

MITCHELL CANYON

Mitchell Canyon staging area added to the State Park in the late 1970s serves as the main public access from the Clayton area.  The Murchio family provided the land.

TRAIL CONNECTIVITY

TRAIL DOG TRAIL CREW

A Trail Dog is a trained trail builder and trail maintenance specialist. Meet the Trail Dogs.

MY EASEMENT STORY

Easements are critical to connectivity between private and public spaces.

LAND PRESERVATION GROUPS

SAVE MOUNT DIABLO LAND TRUST

JOHN MUIR LAND TRUST