andrew piegnet

Today I finally went hiking. I’ve been trying to plan a quick trip for a while now and I’ve let outside factors keep me from doing a nice hike. I decided on doing something ┬ánear Mt. Diablo near the Clayton and Antioch area. I settled specifically on the Black Diamond Mines Regional Park. My heart was set on doing the Ridge Trail to Prospect Tunnel, but the Tunnel is closed until March 1st.

Already this day isn’t going as planned.

As I parked I kept thinking about what the hell I was going to do. WWAPD? What Would Andrew Piegnet Do? Well…whatever the fuck I want!

I decided to just go. Just go and have fun. I start up the hill and immediately it is super steep. So steep that I question how far I will actually make it. The first stop is a cemetery. This cemetery is there because of a long-lost city. Nortonville. The trail is called the Nortonville Trail and it was crazy to think that over 130 years ago there was a tiny little city in these mountains/hills.

andrew piegnet

After I left the site of the old Nortonville Townsite I wandered and found myself on the Coal Canyon Trail. This trail proved to be difficult and kicked my butt. Pictures of the entire hike can be found below. I ended up hop-scotching around different trails. It was a fun day. Definitely a win. I can’t wait to go back.