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A Change of Plan!

Instead of heading to Marin, we will be working on Mt. Diablo - but the weekend is the same.

July 27-29, 2018

Check out the Project Background below - this is going to be your opportunity to go to a section of Mt Diablo that most people never see. And the camp has a SWIMMING POOL!!

Project Background

V-O-Cal will work in an area of Mt Diablo known as Mount Olympia.  This is one the five main peaks in the Park.  The trails on Mount Olympia were built by horsemen from CMDTRA in about the 1940's.  Because they were built by horsemen they tend to be steeply inclined since horses could climb those trails.  One of the horsemen who built these trails was George Cardine,a man whose importance to trails throughout the United States cannot be overstated.

The trails included in this project are fairly remote and not hiked by the average visitor to the Park.  There is a community of hikers that visits the mountain often and they are the most frequent users of these trail.

Trail Description

With this last minute shift of project site, we are still nailing down the details, but will work on one or more of the following trails: Olympia Trail , East Trail, Zippe Trail, North Peak Trail, Middle Trail.

Level of Effort

Hiking: moderate to strenuous
Manual Labor: mixed

Center Camp

Camping will be at an adjacent property owned by the Concord Mount Diablo Trail Riders Association (CMDTRA) Many amenities and a SWIMMING POOL!

Carpooling, Parking

Driving Directions



Preliminary Schedule
5:00 - 8:00pm - Gear/passenger shuttles run from parking area to camp area.
5:30pm - Registration and camping opens.


7:00-9:00am - Gear/passenger shuttles run from parking area to camp area
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:00pm - Head back to camp.
4:00pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
5:45pm - Dinner and entertainment.

7:00-9:00am - Gear/passenger shuttles run from parking area to camp area
7:30am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes. Shuttles back to parking begin

What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • 2 water bottles, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.
  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
    Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.

V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards
    HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
    POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes.
    SNAKES: Snakes are present on the property. Use caution when walking the trails and when picking items up off the ground.
    TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
    SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.

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