The elevation is only 540 feet, but by comparison, Oakland is only 43 feet! (Mount Diablo reaches 3848 feet and some of the Sierra Nevada mountains reach over 14,000 feet.)
I love when hiking and history collide. Mount Wanda is in Martinez, CA, only a 20 minute drive from Oakland. It’s a short hike up the mountain, but beautiful when you reach the top. My goal was to complete a new section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. I had hiked in this area over the summer and visited the John Muir family house previously. It’s amazing that this property has been preserved. John Muir was a farmer and businessman and helped the city of Martinez grow by supporting the building of a railroad that ran through town adjacent to his property.
I hiked up Mount Wanda which is named for his daughter and where he hiked regularly with his children. At the top of the mountain, I veered off the main trail a short ways to the peak and was treated with view of the Carquinez bridge and Mt. Diablo. Then I continued to the end of the trail and headed back down to my car. It was a beautiful day with gorgeous blue skies and tiny bluebirds with reddish-brown bellies.
Start/end: The parking lot of the corner of Alhambra and Franklin Canyon.
Trail name: Mount Wanda
Approximate mileage (round trip): 0.5