Walking John Muir's Mount Wanda

John Muir National Historic Site 

Walking John Muir's Mount Wanda

Mount Wanda
Mount Wanda Trail

NPS Photo

Walk in the footsteps of John Muir up Mt. Wanda, affectionately named after one of his two daughters.  This 326 acre part of the John Muir National Historic Site provides some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Mt. Wanda is next to a busy highway, but once you saunter past the first bend the sound of engines and car horns turn into the chirping of birds and rustling of wildlife. Mt. Wanda is a fantastic place to view local wildlife, native trees and wildflowers with a Ranger-guided tour during the early Spring .

With the warmth of the Spring and Summer months visitors can enjoy an evening with a Ranger-guided tour up 600 feet in elevation to the summit. Once there, everyone can enjoy watching the moon slowly rise over the Mt. Diablo mountain range.  Be it a Blood Moon, Supermoon, or just a normal Full Moon, it’s a great opportunity to photograph the spectacular moonrise, while also getting a bird’s eye view of the neighboring cities of Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek – a reminder that an escape from the busyness of our lives into the beauty of nature is just a short walk away.