#2 - Black Diamond Mines
Black Diamond Mines is part of the East Bay Regional Parks District located in Antioch, California. This region was formerly home to coal mines and 5 small mining towns from the 1860's through the 1900's. Remnants of the old towns, including Rose Hill Cemetery, can be found within the park.
Distance: 5.7 miles
Flora: Manzanita Trees
Fauna: Cattle. Lots of Raptors including Turkey Vultures, Golden Eagle, Red Tailed Hawks and Kestrels
This was an excellent hike. It offered sweeping vistas and a great change in scenery as we completed the loop through the park. I especially loved observing the birds of prey that circled overhead. I even spotted my first kestrel!