Mount Wanda, just across Highway 4 from the John Muir Estate, is a small but very attractive park. John Muir took his children here for walks. Its oak woodlands are notably more appealing than surrounding parks, mostly because they consist of open blue oak stands, but also because it is not grazed like most of the regional parks as a National Park Service property. There is also a scenic hilltop meadow in the park, giving it a pleasant range of scenery.
In winter, when the oaks lose their leaves, the oak woodlands aren't almost as scenic, but the hilltop meadow is still very enjoyable.
Walk up Mt. Wanda in John Muir 's footsteps, affectionately named after one of his two daughters. This 326-acre portion of the National Historic Site of John Muir offers some peaceful time away from urban life's hustle and bustle. Mt. Wanda is next to a busy highway, but the sound of engines and car horns turn into the chirping of birds and rustling of wildlife once you saunter past the first curve. With a Ranger-guided tour throughout the early spring, Mt. Wanda is a great place to see local wildlife, native trees and wildflowers.
Visitors will enjoy an evening with a Ranger-guided tour up to 600 feet in elevation to the top with the warmth of the spring and summer months. When there, everyone will enjoy watching the moon rise slowly over the mountain range of Mt. Diablo. It's a perfect chance to photograph the stunning moonrise, whether it is a Blood Moon, Supermoon, or just a regular Full Moon, while also having a bird's eye view of the surrounding 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.
He also brought his daughters Wanda and Helen with him while John Muir explored the landscape around his Martinez house. He wrote about one of their Contra Costa strolls: "Another glorious day, mostly solid sunshine." This magnificent property, named after his daughter, is now a public treasure. He took a fine fragrant stroll ... the babies were delighted.
The 325-acre farm, once part of the landholdings of Muir, was not included when the U.S. The John Muir National Historic Site was established in 1964 by the National Park Service. In 1991, the NPS agreed to purchase the property from local rancher Gordon Strain, but the agreement reached the verge of failure. By pledging the funds needed to complete the purchase, JMLT stepped in to save the house.
"Now, you can take a" fine fragrant stroll "of your own on Mount Wanda. Intend to go on a full moon stroll, wildflower stroll or bird walk seasonally, each hosted by the National Park Service. Hike, bike, horseback riding or take your dog for a walk through the oak woodland and grassy hills of the property, dotted with indigenous wildflowers such as California buttercup, shooting stars, woodland star, lupines and fiddlenecks.
Take the trail to Mount Wanda and see views of the Carquinez Strait and the hills around it. As it ascends the summit, coast live oak, blue oak and valley oak line the route. Mount Diablo and the surrounding hills become evident once at the top. Views of Mount Diablo, the Carquinez Strait and Briones Park are provided by the more radical John Muir Nature Trail. You may even spot cows around the valley grazing in the sunlight on a clear day.
This amazing landmark in Martinez, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- John Muir House
- John Muir National Historic Site
- Martinez Gun Club
- Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline Park
- Waterfront Park
- Hidden Lakes Park
- Rankin Park
- Suisun Bay
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek California! Stop by for a visit anytime!