Eagle Peak Summit
Charli and I got out for a Father's Day hike yesterday on Mount Diablo. We chose to climb Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon on the north side of the Mount Diablo. Perhaps we should have chosen a hike closer to the coast since the temperature reached 95 degrees while we were out. Fortunately we took along 3 liters of water or we may not have survived. The hike was a chance to further test out my new Suunto Ambit watch which I wrote about in the previous blog. For this hike I decided to track the trip with my iPhone in addition to the Ambit track. Both tracks are shown superimposed on the google earth screen shots below. I found the Ambit followed our path a little closer but I think the sample rate on the iPhone was set to a slower speed and that introduced a little more error. The nice thing about the iPhone was that we were able to view our position on a map as we progressed on the hike. This lead to a navigation error when we followed an abandoned trail shown on the iPhone rather than follow the guide book description. The lesson we learned was to make sure we have a good up-to-date paper map along on every hike. If you chose to do this hike make sure you follow the Mitchell Rock Trail near the end of the hike instead of the shortcut down the abandoned section of the Eagle Peak Trail. The whole hike was on the rugged side but the abandoned section was of the charts and dangerous.
Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon GPS track
Suunto Ambit track yellow, iPhone track blue
Charli approaching Eagle Peak with Walnut Creek in the Background
A View of Rugged Mount Diablo to the South from the Trail.