Hike 12 – Mt. Diablo Canyons Loop, November 14, 2009
The thermometer read 52 degrees as I pulled into Regency Drive in Clayton at 8:45 AM. Popping a mint into my mouth I told myself, “Today is a great day to hike!” and set off on the trail. I needed every bit of motivation I could muster.
Having sort of “fallen off the wagon,” in my quest to hike on average once a week for a whole year, I had to rely on conventional and unconventional sources of inspiration. Whether these were words of encouragement twisted out of context, a mint as refreshing as a fresh perspective, or the old standbys of guilt and shame, I needed something more than my legs and mind to propel me forward.
My goal was a moderate nine-mile loop with about 1,800 ft total climb. Something reasonable, achievable and to build future hikes on. I was hiking in Mt. Diablo State Park up Donner Canyon and returning down Mitchell Canyon.