Photo Friday: Rock Climbing for Kids on Mount Diablo

Last weekend we took a post-Halloween excursion to Mount Diablo State Park in San Francisco’s East Bay.  At 3,864 feet (1,178 m), this mountain is one of the area’s main geographic landmarks and can be seen from around the bay.

If you are visiting the Bay Area during the fall or spring months, experiencing the views from the summit is a worthwhile activity. You can see for miles in every direction and get a unique panoramic perspective of this part of Northern California.

For school age, tweens, and teens, a stop at Rock City is a must. I’m dating myself – but it’s just like the Flintstones – boulders, rocks, and caves are everywhere. They are just big enough to make climbing them thrilling, yet kid-friendly. That said, younger children need close supervision and I think it would be a nightmare with a strong-willed toddler that wants to keep up with the big kids.

The park is surprisingly vast and it is slow driving to the summit. Prepare better than we did and be sure and bring snacks and water. There are also many great places for a picnic.

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  1. Want to go together sometime? I’m sure we’ll be in the Bay Area sometime during the next 6 months or so…

  2. I grew up in the Bay Area and never had the chance to visit Mt. Diablo. Will have to check this out. My kids love rocks and caves.

  3. This looks so cool but I’m not sure how my husband will like it. He will be so afraid of the kids falling that he probably won’t enjoy it. 🙂 But I totally want to go.

  4. LOVE this! i bet you had such a great time. i know our daughter would love to head there. thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh, these are great photographs. My daughter was just having some fun on boulders the other day, so this would be an ideal activity for her age. An outing to Mt. Diablo could be exactly what we’re looking for – thanks for the tips!

  6. This is sounding like real fun. I am sure my tween daughter will definitely like to try this out. The best part is the caves and the hollows. More spookier better the fun.

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