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Save Mount Diablo Expands Its Free Discover Diablo Hikes and Outings Program for 2024

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CONTRA COSTA, STANISLAUS, AND SAN BENITO COUNTIES — Explore some of the East Bay’s premiere hiking and natural areas with Save Mount Diablo in 2024, including places rarely open to the public.

The Discover Diablo outings series offers guided hikes, themed walks, and other outdoor activities: mountain biking; rock climbing; trail running; meditation in nature; plein air painting events; and property tours. New this year are two property dedications and a yoga outing at the Curry Canyon Ranch property.

All are free to the public. Trailblazers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to choose appropriate outings from our extensive offerings.

Save Mount Diablo is offering a total of 36 excursions in 2024 to keep up with the consistently growing demand for its outings. The ever-popular tarantula walk will be offered twice, and we are offering three plein air painting walks, two meditation events, and another trail run in 2024.

We will also be offering rock-climbing outings and mountain-biking events.

Generously sponsored by the Martinez Refining Company, the 2023 Discover Diablo free public hikes and outings series will begin on January 7.

“Through the Discover Diablo series, people are fortunate to be able to explore and discover the beauty of Mount Diablo with experienced guides,” said Ann Notarangelo, Community Relations Manager for the Martinez Refining Company. “Our refinery has sponsored these hikes since 2017 in the hopes people will enjoy learning more about the mountain, while spending quality time with family and friends.”

The Discover Diablo program began in 2017 to connect local communities to the spectacular natural world of the Mount Diablo area and to build awareness about land conservation.

Hikes and outings take place at Save Mount Diablo’s conserved properties or on park lands in the Diablo Range. These include Mount Diablo State Park, East Bay Regional Park District, Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation, Contra Costa Water District, Stanislaus County Parks, and National Park Service lands.

Discover Diablo hikes are guided by experts steeped in the natural history and lore of the region, who both educate and entertain while emphasizing the breathtaking beauty that the Diablo Range has to offer.

Save Mount Diablo hopes the Discover Diablo series will spark a passion for the Diablo Range and deepen people’s connections to the land and nature.

Ted Clement, Executive Director of Save Mount Diablo, stated, “It is the goal of the Discover Diablo program to build connections between people, Save Mount Diablo, and the land, helping our communities develop a strong sense of place and a deepened appreciation for our collective backyard. Most importantly, we want to cultivate a love of the land in participants, as that is what it will take to ensure the precious Mount Diablo associated natural areas are taken care of for generations to come.”

There is something right for anyone to discover in the nooks and crannies surrounding Mount Diablo and within its sustaining Diablo Range, so be sure to hit the trails in 2024 and find your own individual inspiration!

RSVPs required. To ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to attend, registration for hikes and outings will open one month prior to each hike’s date and registration for early outings is already open.

See our schedule of upcoming hikes and outings; view and RSVP online here: https://savemountdiablo.org/what-we-do/educating-and-inspiring-people/discover-diablo-hikes-outings/

You can also download and print a flyer of the schedule here: http://bit.ly/DiscoverDiablo

Summary: CONTRA COSTA, STANISLAUS, AND SAN BENITO COUNTIES—Discover Diablo is Save Mount Diablo’s free public hikes and outings series, offering an annual schedule of guided walks; hikes; and rock-climbing, mountain-biking, trail-running, yoga, and plein air painting outings open to all trailblazers. The 2024 Discover Diablo free public hike series will begin January 7. Discover Diablo offers 36 events throughout 2024—either taking place on a Save Mount Diablo property or hosted on a public agency’s land. Join Save Mount Diablo in exploring some of the Bay Area’s most beautiful wild lands and open spaces.

Who: Save Mount Diablo is a nationally accredited, nonprofit land trust founded in 1971 with a mission

to preserve Mount Diablo’s peaks, surrounding foothills, watersheds, and connection to the Diablo Range through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain’s natural beauty, biological diversity, and historic and agricultural heritage; enhance our area’s quality of life; and provide educational and recreational opportunities consistent with protection of natural resources. To learn more, please visit www.savemountdiablo.org.

What: Save Mount Diablo’s 2024 Discover Diablo annual free public hikes and outings program. Discover Diablo, Save Mount Diablo’s series of free guided hikes; walks; and mountain-biking, rock-climbing, trail-running, yoga, and plein air painting outings, shares a taste of Diablo’s wild lands in just a morning, evening, or afternoon.

When: An annual program that offers 36 free public events in the outdoors throughout the year.

Where: Contra Costa County (Walnut Creek, Clayton, Concord, Dublin, Livermore, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Danville, and San Ramon), Stanislaus County (Patterson), and San Benito County (Hollister).

How: RSVP required on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/discover-diablo-11942856866. To ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to attend, registration for hikes and other events will open one month prior to each event’s date. Visit Save Mount Diablo’s website to view the Discover Diablo hikes and outings calendar for a schedule of upcoming events: https://savemountdiablo.org/what-we-do/educating-and-inspiring-people/discover-diablo-hikes-outings/

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