Monday, March 17, 2014
Now is the best time to go up Mount Diablo to enjoy the stunning green chaparral covered slopes and orange poppy fields-it’s absolutely beautiful!
The climb up to the Junction Ranger Station from the North Gate Entrance is 6.5 miles with an average grade of 6%.
The steepest section is about a quarter-mile stretch with 9-11% grades on the approach to the 1000′ elevation sign near the Burma Trailhead.
The road continues to wind its way up and around towards Diablo Ranch.
North Gate Rd opens up along the ridge with fabulous valley views.
You see the gorgeous displays of orange poppies as you make your way around the switchbacks
The road continues up the north side to the Junction Ranger Station.
Due to the drought, there is a severe water shortage at Mt Diablo. The flushing restrooms are closed and water is very limited. Keep yourself hydrated by carrying at least 2 water bottles or a Camelbak.
Other than that, get up to Diablo and enjoy the green slopes and early spring flowers! Due to the high winds, we opted not to go up to the summit. There’s always next time! The views are spectacular even from the lower slopes of the mountain.
40.19 MIles with 3005′ of elevation gain from Martinez
21 Miles with ~1905′ of elevation gain with start at Heather Farm
Max elevation: 2058′
Max grade: 11%
Weather: Sunny with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the mid 50’s to the low 70’s. Strong NW winds with 82% humidity
Follow this route for today’s ride from Heather Farm Park: