Mitchell Canyon - TRAIL

Mitchell Canyon - Trail, Clayton, California

6 Miles of fire road climb, 2 miles paved road to summit of Mt. Diablo. Loops back to North Peak, and back down to start of the trail

User Reviews (14)

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Frank   Racer [Jun 08, 2011]

I have been riding Mitchell Canyon on a regular basis, 3 times a week for the past 5 month--it is a great ride to get in shape and work on power--the trail is very steep halfway to the top, but with moderation later, although within half a mile from Juniper Camp Ground there is an extremely steep quarter mile, The views are exceptional.

Lots of wildlife with rich vegetation, the creek is very soothing, in the winter after a good rain numerous water falls will show up. All in all a great workout without cars for the road cyclists, but watch out for the hikers and rattle snakes in summer.

Customer Service

Mitchell Canyon to Juniper Camp Ground and turn around at the intersection with Summit road, or go all the way to Devil's elbow and descend from the other side.

Similar Products Used: Briones also requires a certain level of fitness, but rewarded with great views--except the cows make a mess of the trails and creeks.
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4
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4
stepenliem   Cross Country Rider [Jul 26, 2009]

So many of my friends told me just how difficult this trail is. I did it over the weekend and was somewhat disappointed. I would say that this is an intermediate trail. The exceptions is 1 mile approaching the Juniper Camp ground (as other reviewers have mentioned), that hill is darn steep and very tough. But that is only a mile long out of total 10 miles. I love this trail, because the views along the way and at the top are amazing.

Customer Service

Park your car in Mitchell Canyon Rd. Take Mitchell Canyon trail to Deer Flat, then take the trail to the Juniper Camp. From the camp, you take a paved road to the summit.

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5
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4
ilakano   Cross Country Rider [Mar 22, 2004]

I've just moved to Clayton and since this trail is literally in my back yard, I am compelled to offer my two cents. Overall, this ride can be divided into two halves. The first is the non-technical climb, tough and unrelenting. The second is the more technical, either goiong back down at Deer Flat or continuing on to Juniper. Either way, it is a good workout and will make other climbs seem easier.

Customer Service

Home to Bruce Lee, Mitchell Canyon, Deer Flat, Juniper or Meridian depending on the mood.

Similar Products Used: Pretty much everyting on the west side.
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4
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4
mike   Weekend Warrior [Nov 09, 2003]

Just arrived from the East Coast and did this trail for the first time today and it was HARD. Maybe it was due to the rain conditions that were present today? I don't know, but the first two miles were even hard. We had to stop on at least three occasions to clean hard, sticky mud out of jammed front forks. After the first two miles it went up and never seed to stop until we came to the camp with my heart and lungs sticking out of my chest. This is not an easy ride, not even close. It's also not a tecnical ride, just very steep long way to test your fitness level. This trail DID have amazing views on the way up and coming down was fun in an 'earn your turns kinda way'. Reccomended for riders looking to test their fitness level and layer in the fall/winter. Went from cold to HOT to freezing and back to hot in a matter of turns. Bring as much water as you can transport.

Customer Service

Did as instructed

Similar Products Used: Still learning area
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5
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5
smokin joe   Weekend Warrior [Sep 28, 2003]

I'm new to mtb'ing, so this is the 1st trail I've tried (it's just a few miles from my house, so why not?). I feel better now reading how everyone else says it's so hard because it is. I've done it maybe 8 times now, and keep getting further each time, today getting to Juniper Camp just as I broke my shoe cleat. The fist few miles aren't too bad with lots of shade. Then it goes straight up and never seems to stop with little to no shade. In summer, parts are so steep it's hard to even get traction with the gravel. But all along the way, the views are incredible.

Customer Service

Mitchell Canyon to Deer Flat to Juniper - that's as far as I've gone

Similar Products Used: Don't know any others, but you can shorten this ride to end around the switchbacks, so you're in only 20 minutes or so going "up" with still some fun down.
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4
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5
Andrew   Weekend Warrior [Jul 31, 2003]

This a great trail for begginner though advanced. I've haven't gone up the hole trail but i went up to the switchbacks which r a little technichal for cause i"m an intermediate rider.My friend and i had a great time on this trail but we had a hard with thwe hikers' since sometimes ther can be quite a few.

Similar Products Used: I've also been to Rock City and there are a bunch of trails there.
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4
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3
Martin   [Aug 14, 2000]

Intermediate/Advanced trail because the initial climb is very steep! The climb to Juniper is a killer. Scenery is top notch from the top of the saddle! Lay off the Pale Ale & Doritos before this ride. You do not want to drag any extra pounds up this trail. Best climbing workout I have found in the Bay Area. Maybe not the funnest, but if you have to train, this trail cannot be beat. 4 stars for the workout alone. Caution: can get very HOT during summer afternoons.

Customer Service

Head up to Deer Flat & continue through to the Juniper Camping Area. Get on the main road to the Summit of Mt. Diablo & take the summit trail, which is a fire road. Continue to the North Peak and you can take trails back down to the Trailhead.

Similar Products Used: Old Borgees Ranch/Shell Ridge
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4
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Bill   [Oct 08, 2000]

The start of this ride is flat for 2 miles , then an abrupt switchback climb for 1.5 miles , recover then 2 more miles of climbing to Juniper via the widowmaker . From here it is just over a mile to Devil,s elbow , a left at prospectors , right at meridian( 1.5 mi of 50 mph descent). I do this ride on a singlespeed, from the entrance to deer flat , sub 26 min..

Customer Service

Mitchell canyon, Deer flat rd. , Juniper camp , devil,s elbow , prospectors gap , meridian ridge , donner canyon .

Similar Products Used: Black Diamond from the clayton staging area , An 18 mile figure 8 loop.Mitchell to burma, Pine canyon ,BBQ terrace ,summit trail, Green ranch, Curry canyon, road to juniper , 20 mi.+ .
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5
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pat   [Nov 05, 2000]

This trail is for sucks no challange at all. If you like rideing fire trails with no challange this trail is for you may as well be rideing on the road.

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1
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Mike   [Nov 20, 2000]

This climb is one of the toughest around. You will sweat like a pig, even in winter. It ain't much fun, but is a means to an end. One of the only trails in the area that can be ridden when wet (mud isn't too bad). There is a section aptly called "Widow Maker," where I once observed my maximum heart rate on my heart rate monitor. I don't rate this trail very highly because it is so difficult a climb, and is not a fun descent either.

Customer Service

Mitchell Canyon to Juniper Camp, and then take the pavement to top of Mt. Diablo, North Peak Tr., Donner Canyon.

Similar Products Used: Other trails on Mt. Diablo (Dan Cook, Wall Pt., Oyster Point, Curry Canyon, Green Ranch).
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2
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