Why is this 3,849-foot mountain so central to California’s natural and human history? Discover the lore and legends of this remarkable place. Perfect for your first (or 100th) drive up the mountain!
Sponsored by Save Mount Diablo and the California State Parks Foundation, 2010. Featuring Seth Adams and Ken Lavin, with Carl Magruder as William Brewer. Music by Phil Heywood.
Basecamp: sample the sights and sounds in the 12 segments ahead.
Nineteenth century scientist William Brewer picked the one thing to be frightened of that couldn’t hurt him.
Music: “Fred Meets Joni,” You Got to Move, by Phil Heywood. Photos: Tarantula, William Brewer (Save Mount Diablo), California State Geological Survey (Save Mount Diablo), Ken Lavin (Seth Adams), Lavin’s Pet, Mature Male, Tarantula Burrow, Mature Male, Where Spiders Die, “Tarantella,” Henrique Bernardelli (Wikimedia Commons), European Black Widow (Wikimedia Commons, K. Korlevic), Poison Oak.
What hikers need to know to avoid this problematic plant.
Music: “Gone Too Soon,” Circle Tour, by Phil Heywood. Photos: Poison Oak, Summer, Twig, Up a Tree, Winter, Seth Adams (Jim Robbins), Spring, Fall.
People who see these hairy rototillers from afar sometimes say, “I didn’t know there were bears on the mountain!”
Starting in the 1870s, people with dollar signs in their eyes began selling the mountain to tourists and investors.
Music: “Movin’ With the Moon,” You Got to Move, by Phil Heywood. Photos: “Marvelous Mount Diablo” poster (courtesy Save Mount Diablo), Joseph Seavey Hall (Courtesy Save Mount Diablo), Mountain House (courtesy Save Mount Diablo), John Muir (Wikipedia Commons), Mountain House (courtesy Save Mount Diablo) Robert Burgess (courtesy Save Mount Diablo), Burgess’s Plan (courtesy Save Mount Diablo), Torre del Sol (courtesy Save Mount Diablo), “Marvelous Mount Diablo” poster (courtesy Save Mount Diablo).
More than a million people visit Mount Diablo State Park annually, to walk, run, hike, climb, picnic, bicycle, paraglide, and ride horses. What’s the most popular activity? Going to the top and gazing down at big, broad swaths of wild California.