Friday, October 21, 2011
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It’s time for yet another climb up “Devil’s Mountain”. We meet at Heather Farm Park and take North Gate Rd up to the Junction Ranger Station. The views are always spectacular no matter what the season.
Autumn is mating season for these giant hairy arachnids; the tarantulas. They are leaving their burrows in “search of love”. What a treat it is to see these gentle, fragile and docile creatures scurrying across the road; it’s quite fascinating! We saw this one just pass the 1000′ elevation sign.
We continue on towards the junction. The views along the ridge are wonderful! There is a thin layer of haze/smog hovering over the cities below.
This is another tarantula we spotted just past Diablo Ranch. It was skittering across the road just as a car was coming up; I motioned the car to take the opposite lane to avoid running it over.
There were other sightings of tarantulas as we continued up North Gate Rd.
The views from the summit are fabulous even under hazy skies!
Thanks to everyone for joining me on another climb up Diablo! The tarantula sightings were a special treat for us all!
9 people in attendance
48.8 miles with 4652′ of elevation gain
Weather: FANTASTIC! Sunny and warm with the temps ranging from the high 60’s to high 70’s.
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Loved seeing your tarantula pictures and the video. They are beautiful creatures. Lynn
Great story and photos! Just made me shudder a little, lol! I’ve never ridden Mount Diablo. About how difficult and long is the ride?
Skippy, both the north and south sides are long sustained climbs.
Read this post regarding going up via Northgate Rd: https://yurides.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/mount-diablo-north/
and read this post for Southgate Rd:
The views are fantastic! You gotta come out and do it at least once!