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The wall of China is located within the borders of Mt. Diablo State Park. These sandstone formations create a line of rocks up and down the hill that looks like a miniature version of the Great Wall of China. Most of the hike will be in Diablo Foothills Regional Park.



From San Jose, take Highway 680 North all the way to Alamo (just before Walnut Creek). Take the exit at Livorna Road and turn right. Proceed about two miles to the staging area on the left. Drive time is 1 hour 15 minutes – Free parking – Dogs not allowed.


China Wall is a terminally eroded sandstone stratum, tilted to a vertical position by the upsurge of Mount Diablo. With the adjacent strata eroding faster, the remnant is, in fact, a wall-like structure running over the hill and the dale, just like its man-made equivalent in China. Take time to examine the grotesquely convoluted formations, sculpted by the imaginative Mother Nature; the small paths of previous explorers make it easier for you to examine. Note that the area encompasses other similarly eroded strata, none as spectacular as the China Wall.


The China Wall in Alamo is a surprising rock formation that appears from the otherwise regular rolling hills of the Diablo foothills. The wall will make you want to follow it as far as you can and test your climbing skills. It's a fun place to have a family here. The children can climb the rock with ease. The sandstone can be used to hold on because it gives you a very good and easy grip.


The main activities that can be done at the China Wall in Alamo, California are walking trails, hiking without trails and rock climbing. Foot trails are typical trails that might come to mind when you're thinking about hiking. Get on your hiking shoes and go there! Distance, inclination, terrain and difficulty may vary. Some walkways are rough dirt paths that lead you up to the mountains, some walkways are flat, paved sidewalks that meander through cities and urban areas. Check out the map of the park or chat with the ranger at the visitor center to pick a path that's right for you.


For more robust experience, visit the designated off-road areas in the wilderness where the China Wall is located. Check with your park to make sure you have the required permits and follow the wilderness rules and the principles of Leave No Trace. You could even spend a day or two on the trail, sleeping under the stars. Get more tips about wilderness and backcountry hiking and camping in front of you.


You can also enjoy the China Wall in Alamo, California by rock climbing with the whole family. This area is safe for all ages. Give children a break from all digital technologies and let them test their agility, strength and patience by rock climbing the magnificent China Wall in Alamo, California.

Alamo, California is home to some amazing sites that any discerning visitor should definitely check out on their next visit: 


  • Livorna Park

  • Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area

  • Round Hill Country Club

  • Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

  • Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Park

  • Alamo Hardware

  • Diablo Foothills Regional Park

  • Roll With A Goal


After visiting these lovely places make sure to stop by and say “Hello” to us at our downtown Danville location, DPG Pavers Danville Location on 4115 Blackhawk Plaza Circle!

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