Mount Diablo: North Gate to the Summit

Monday, May 4, 2015

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This out & back route heads up Mt Diablo on North Gate Rd to the Junction Ranger Station and onwards on Summit Rd to the summit.

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 Entrance to Arroyo Del Cerro Ranch:

North Gate Rd to Mount Diablo State Park Northewest Boundary:

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-Enjoy the views!

The last 0.7 mile to the Junction Ranger Station:

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

Enjoy the views!

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:

Wildflowers on Summit Rd: the golden eardrops only germinate and bloom after a fire

Devils Elbow to summit lower parking lot:

Steep 13-17% climb up “the wall’ to Mt Diablo Summit.

Enjoy the summit views!

Wildflowers seen on Summit Rd: woolly sunflower, rose clover, california poppy, varicolored penstemon, golden eardrop, blow-wives, morning glory, winecup clarkia, bull thistle, dandelion and western wallflower

Climbing up Mt Diablo to the Summit is one of my favorite Bay Area rides-I’ve probably blogged it more times than I can remember. The mountain changes with the seasons. Keep an eye out for the golden eardrops wildflowers along upper Summit Rd; this plant do not germinate unless exposed to fire!

Garmin Stats:
30 Miles with 3822′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 3826′
Max grade: 17%
Terrain: Extremely hilly with a steep climbs

Weather: Sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the high 50’s to the high 80’s with brisk SW winds. Temperature inversion at the summit-87 degrees with absolutely no winds!

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Mt Diablo NG

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