|Sentinal Rock - Rock City, Mt. Diablo|
|The frown on her face is because I jokingly told her that we were going to leave her there. Apparently that's not funny :)|
One of the more challenging portions of the trail was the descent down the mountainside that takes you to the base of Sentinal Rock. As you approach the start of the trail, it appears that the hillside simply drops off, but as you creep along the ridge you are greeted by a set of stairs carved into the sandstone. They are steep, and a bit daunting, but our oldest handled them with ease (while I yelled out friendly reminders to slow down!).
|A view of the steps from midway down the hillside. The kids at the top are sitting on the lip of the small pond shown in the previous picture.|
We took the steps back up the hill, and as you can see from this video, the climb was a cake walk for our oldest. The thrill of tackling the mountain and the large rocks was definitely energizing for them. After climbing what seemed like most of the rocks in the area, the kids explored the wind tunnels, which were particularly great for toddler aged kids.
Have you been to Rock City? Any suggestions for similar venues in Northern California?
P.S. You might like our hike through the rock caves at Pinnacles National Park.
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Details: Rock City is located off of South Gate Road approximately one mile north of the South Gate Kiosk. It is about a 30 minute drive from Berkeley. From 680 South, take exit 40 and follow signs for Mt.Diablo State Park. Access is $10/vehicle and there are several parking lots near the entrance to Rock City as well as dozens of picnic sites if you want to bring a meal along with you. You may want to wear either older clothing or pants that can take a beating, because the way down the rocks often involves sliding on your butt and we ended up with some small holes along the seam by the time our trip was over.