2015 New Year’s Day-Mt Diablo North Gate to the Summit

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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This ride celebrates the New Year with a local Bay Area cycling tradition of climbing up to the summit of Mt Diablo! This out & back route heads up North Gate Rd to the Junction Ranger Station and up Summit Rd to the summit.

My usual way out of Martinez on Arnold to Glacier, Center, Vine Hill and Morello.

Canal Trail to Heather Farm Park:

San Carlos Dr to Walnut Ave and North Gate Rd:

Mt Diablo State Park North Gate Entrance Station to the Junction Ranger Station is 6.5 miles with an average grade of 6%.

North Gate Rd to the Burma Trailhead at 1000′:

The steepest section on North Gate Rd is about a quarter-mile stretch with 9-11% grades on the approach to the 1000′ elevation sign near Burma Road Trail to Camel Rock and a bit beyond.

North Gate Burma Trail to Diablo Ranch:

North Gate winds up and around the switchbacks to the trail at Angel Kerley Rd:

The last 0.7 mile to the Junction Ranger Station:

With some friends on New Year’s Day:

Summit Rd up to Mt Diablo summit is 4.5 miles with an average grade of 7%. Summit Rd to Livermore Valley Overlook:

Livermore Valley Overlook to Toyon Picnic Area:

Steep 9-11% climb from Toyon Picnic Area to Grapevine Picnic Area:

The road eases up from Grapevine Picnic Area to Juniper-Diablo Valley Overlook:

Juniper to Devils Elbow:

Devils Elbow to summit lower parking lot:

Steep 13-17% climb up “the wall’ to Mt Diablo Summit. It’s a very cool 32 degrees at the top of the mountain.

Enjoy the summit views!

Climbing up Mt Diablo on New Year’s Day is a wonderful way to celebrate and kick-start another year of cycling! As a matter of fact, it’s a great way to celebrate life!

I plan to ring in 2015 by cycling to the Bay Area’s three major peaks in three consecutive days; a trifecta of rides up to the summit of Mt Diablo, Mt Tamalpais and Mt Hamilton. Three Peaks Weekend-one down, two to go-Mt Tam tomorrow and Mt Hamilton on Saturday!

Garmin Stats:
47.56 Miles with 4590′ of elevation gain-ride start from Martinez
30.4 Miles with ~3961′ of elevation gain-ride start from Heather Farm
Max elevation: 3760′
Max grade: 17%
Terrain: Extremely hilly

Weather: Clear skies, sunny and cool. Temps ranged from the low 30’s to the high 40’s. NE winds with 87% humidity.

View the interactive RGPS route map & profile

Diablo NG

Follow this route for today’s ride from Heather Farm Park:



  1. So nice to see you on new years day. And what a surprise. I would love to ride with you and michael in 2015!

    Rinaldi, it was fabulous to see you up on the mountain! Email me so we can get together for a ride. Our time is usually flexible. Happy New Year! Nancy


  2. You just amaze me . . being able to take an image while riding up a 6% grade. Thanks I have sent New Years Day ride ride to a local bicycle club (Northwest Cycling Club Houston, TX ) They have earned cycling club of the year for the past three years. I suggested it would be a good destination ride. They really don’t know what a hill is around Houston.

    James, Thanks! When you get out here, contact me, we’ll get together for a ride! Happy New Year! Nancy


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