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Clayton: Greenbelt Alliance – Tarantula Time!

Join Greenbelt Alliance to go dancing with the stars. Step lively though, because the stars of the summer on Mount Diablo are tarantulas!

A scientist exploring California in the 1860s described Mount Diablo’s tarantulas as “attaining the size of a half-grown mouse, possessing fangs the size of a rattlesnake’s, and delivering a bite generally considered fatal.” Yeesh.

Is this the gruesome truth or just arachnophobia? (Tarantulas are actually the “teddy bears” of Mount Diablo; they even have a dance called the tarantella named for them.)

Join us for a nature walk through Mitchell Canyon and we will dispel any malicious rumors you might have heard about Mount Diablo’s misunderstood eight-legged creatures. You can even meet a tarantula named Scarlet O’Harry, the real-life friend (not just Facebook friend) of hike leader Liz Watson.

Note: this outing is in-person. We’re excited to see you on the trail!

TOTAL DISTANCE This is an easy hike of about 2 miles round trip with a 400 foot elevation gain

LEADERS Liz Watson and Ken Lavin


COST Free; Reservations Required

WHERE TO MEET We will assemble near the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center.

NOTES Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Bring poles if you normally use them. There is a $6 per vehicle park entrance fee (exact change required). If you have any questions about this outing, email Ken Lavin or phone him at 415-543-6771 x321.

COVID-19 protocol: If you are fully vaccinated, feel free to come mask-free. If not, please plan to wear your mask for the duration of this outing.

About the Presenter:

Liz Watson is a special education teacher for Contra Costa County. She currently teaches at Liberty High School in Brentwood. Liz holds a California naturalist certification from UC Davis extension and volunteers at the Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital in Walnut Creek.

More information here.

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mount Diablo State Park
96 Mitchell Canyon Road
Clayton, CA United States
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