We went during the summer and it was very hot. The camp ground did not have much shade. We ended up taking a long hike around 4-5 pm when it started to cool food down. We saw a mix of wildlife. Deer, hawks, wild turkeys. We saw an amazing sunset too.
We camped at the Juniper Campground, 3/4 up the mountain. Register in advance, but it's first-come-first-serve once you get to the campground. We watched the sunset over the Bay Area, whew, it was spectacular. Hiked to the top of the mountain, to the lookout point, on a trail through the woods and brush. We come every year and will continue the tradition in years to come. Oh, btw, because it is fire season, campfires are not allowed. Sorely missed a fire, but appreciate that the mountain will not burn down while we are up there.
The campgrounds on this mountain include picnic tables, grills, bathrooms, and amazing views of the Bay Area. It can get very hot and dry during the summer months, but the sites are shaded by many trees. This mountain has many of hiking trails for various levels of hikers. The summit is just a short drive away from the campgrounds and has a visitor's center that has history of the mountain and the surrounding area.
Make sure that you lock up all food at night as the wildlife is very present and will take advantage of left out food.
Nice drive up the mountain many trails and great views.
Bewhare wiled boars are active at dawn and dusk
This was a great campsite for people that want to go hiking near Berkeley or SF and have a car. They had a good number of spots to camp with grills at each site. Our site had some good trees as well to hang up our hammocks. Great hiking in the area through desert terrain although be ready for some hills. It was very hot on the hikes as their was not much sun coverage. Would definitely recommend. No open fires allowed when we were there because of the dryness of the area.
This is a great camping spot only a short distance from Berkley or San Francisco. The campsites are nothing special and fairly uneven but plenty large and the hiking makes up for it. Each site has a very large stone grill (pictures) and a picnic bench that are in OK condition. There was plenty of space at our site to park 3 cars and put up 4 tents and 3 hammocks so we were very happy we could fit our whole group. It was pretty hot out since it was late in the summer but it got very cold at night and we were happy we had our sleeping bags while sleeping in our hammocks. Right from the campsite there are a few trails you can take and explore the area. My suggestion though is to drive a little ways down the road and do some of the more intense hikes. Make sure to bring lots of water! The best suggestion we got and in my opinion is now a necessity is to take the sunset hike (or sunrise) to the overlook point from the campsite. It is a serious climb but well worth it.
Getting there: Super easy, look for the tallest mountain in the area, drive towards it, boom you're there. It was expensive to enter the park… I think around $10 per vehicle, someone correct me if i'm wrong.
Campsites: The campsites are a decent size and fairly spaced out. All the campsites provide a old broken down picnic table, a bear box, a grill, and a fire pit. There are shared restrooms with plumbing to use.
The Park: Awesome. Big. Crowded. No dogs allowed.
What to do: Hike Diablo there are TONS of trails. Go rock climbing or bouldering in Rock City. Drive, hike to the top and check out the observation deck.
*will add my pics later.