Mount Diablo: North Gate to the Summit

Monday, May 25, 2015

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This out & back route heads up Mt Diablo on North Gate Rd to the Junction Ranger Station and onward on Summit Rd to the summit. The summit views are always amazing!

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 towards 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:

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.

Enjoy the summit views!

Garmin Stats:
48.84 Miles with 4577′ of elevation gain (ride start from Martinez)
30 Miles with ~3822′ of elevation gain (ride start from Heather Farm Park)
Max elevation: 3696′
Max grade: 17%
Terrain: Extremely hilly

Weather: Sunny, breezy and warm. Temps ranged from the low 50’s to the low 80’s with brisk SW winds.

This is another blog post among dozens about going up Mt Diablo-yet it’s slightly different every time. The mountain changes along with the seasons and the company you keep makes a big difference too! I love it-it’s simply one of my favorite local rides!

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Mt Diablo NG

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One Comment

  1. Nancy, a beautiful ride like that one deserves a “Raspberry Smoothie” at the end. Thank you again, From Michael and Maydene !!

    Michael, Ha-That’s exactly what we have when we get home! Nancy


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