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July 1 Full Moon Walk on Mount Wanda

Jun 24, 2015 05:59PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Join National Park Service rangers for a full moon walk on Wednesday, July 1, on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez. 

This free, two-hour program begins at 7:15 PM with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the full moon rise over nearby Mt. Diablo. Atop Mt. Wanda’s 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the moon. Visitors can also listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.

Visitors should meet at the parking lot on the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring water, a flashlight, warm clothes, and binoculars (if you have them). Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the trail is steep. If it rains heavily, the walk will be canceled.

Please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at (925) 228-8860 to make your reservations or if you have questions. For more information, please visit the park website at

Mt. Wanda preserves 326 acres of grasslands and oak woodlands that were part of the original Muir/Strentzel ranch in the Alhambra Valley more than a century ago. Muir named Mt. Wanda after his eldest daughter, Annie Wanda Muir, and he often strolled among these hills with his two daughters. Visitors can follow in Muir’s footsteps by enjoying Mt. Wanda seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

The John Muir NHS is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the site is free of charge. 


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