Phil’s Birthday Ride up Diablo

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Today is Phil’s birthday-he’s leading a ride up Mt Diablo via North Gate Rd to the summit and back.

We meet up at the Heather Farms parking lot in Walnut Creek.


We take San Carlos Dr to Walnut Ave.


The flat one mile stretch on Walnut Ave leads to the Oak Grove circle.

We continue on North Gate Rd to the Mt Diablo North Gate Entrance.

From the park entrance, it’s a 6.5 mile climb up to the Junction Ranger Station.

The steepest segment is the quarter-mile stretch beginning at the 1000′ elevation sign near the Burma Trail.

The road winds around Diablo with fabulous views of the chaparral covered mountains.

The switchbacks above Diablo Ranch have a beautiful tight display of orange poppies on the upper slopes.

The climbing continues with fantastic views of the surrounding area.

There is a regroup at the Junction Ranger Station.

The climb on Summit Rd up to the summit is 4.5 miles which includes the steep 13-18% section on ‘the wall”.

The post ride get together is at the outdoor patio area in front of Sweet Affair Bakery at the Ygnacio Plaza Shopping Center. There’s plenty of chocolate cake and sunshine for everyone.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY-PHIL!” Thanks for allowing us to share your special day and for the delicious cake!

~40 people in attendance with 1 tandem

Garmin Stats:
30.9 miles with 3961′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 3715′
Avg grade: 5%
Max grade: 18%

Weather: Sunny, warm and breezy. Temps ranged from the mid 50’s to the mid 70’s. Strong gusty N winds with cooler temps at the summit and the lower descent on North Gate Rd.

It takes a long time to grow young.   ~Pablo Picasso


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