High & Mighty
Lofty at 3,000 feet, Juniper Campground—named for the surrounding juniper trees—is located very close to Diablo’s summit and is the largest camping area, with 36 sites. Set up camp, then set out on a 1-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike to Diablo’s peak, featuring one of the best panoramas in the entire state. Back at your tent, grill some food, roast some s’mores, and marvel at the stars. Astronomers describe Mount Diablo as one of best dark sky watching spots in California.
Located at 2,200 feet, the intimate Junction Campground has six sites nestled in woodland, and shhh … it’s first come, first served. Its location lets you get an early start on Diablo’s popular Summit Trail, particularly spectacular in spring when the weather is cooler and the wildflowers are everywhere!
Set at 1,450 feet, Live Oak Campground’s 22 sites give you easy (and early bird!) access to Diablo’s popular Rock City, filled with naturally whimsical sandstone formations. Explore the Wind Caves and see Elephant Rock, Artist Point, and Fossil Ridge. Be sure to seek out Sentinel Rock, where you’ll gain another of Diablo’s postcard famous views!
Group Scoop: Mount Diablo has five Group Camping Sites too!
Get Married Bonus!
Talk about a Lover’s High: Get married at 3,849 feet! Better than Vegas, this “destination wedding” at Mount Diablo’s summit is back by popular demand. The Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder will officiate weddings from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24. There are only 16 spots available! Schedule your ceremony.