The road less traveled
To be honest the last thing I want to see on a hike is other hikers. I prefer the lonely less traveled trails. Today’s hike to Mount Diablo’s Olofson Ridge was just the ticket.
A quick turn off Mont Diablo’s busy Mitchell Canyon Road trail takes you to fire road lined with pine trees as you hike to the park boundary.
In the summer months the hillside are yellow grasses swaying in the morning breeze. You see an occasional lizard scurry across the dirt fire road that winds up the ridge but no other humans.
Reaching the park boundary you are rewarded with piles of weathered pine cones that came to the final rest after tumbling down the hills.
It’s not a very long hike but enough time to enjoy the solitude and sights on a quick climb up the ridge.