Mitchell Canyon Trail Horseback Riding

The 20th most popular equestrian trail in California.

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Near Danville east of San Fran in the Mount Diablo State Park, the Mitchell Canyon Trail can be combined with fire roads to form a strenuous 12 mile loop up to one of the worlds most panoramic summits (over 3,000 feet vertical). The horse trails are of crushed granite with great drainage. Check out the side trail along Shell Ridge. The park is located near Danville off US 680 at the Diablo Road exit.

Two large staging areas for equestrian use: Mitchell Canyon staging area is located on the north side of the mountain near Clayton and the Macedo Ranch area is located in the west side of the park in Alamo. Most other trailhead are suitable for unloading horses with the exceptions of those trailheads with only limited parking along road shoulders.

Overall, Mitchell Canyon Trail is the 20th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Mitchell Canyon Trail including Western States Horse Trail, Foothills Divide Horse Trail, Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, Owl Creek Trail, Empire Mine State Park and Summit Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Mount Diablo State Park (925) 837-2525; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.; CA Backcountry Horsemen (888) 302-BCHC.

Recommended Book:  "Northern California Mountain Biking" from Ann Marie Brown

Best Season:  Apr. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  BBQ Terrace Horse Camp

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Mitchell Canyon Trail Horseback Riding Review

GPS:  37.8407, -121.949

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  8/12/2016

ID:  13136

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