Friday, September 25, 2015
This ride welcomes the arrival of autumn with a leisurely jaunt up Mt Diablo via North Gate and Summit Rd to the Junction Ranger Station and 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 Rd to Arroyo del Cerro Ranch:
North Gate Rd to Mount Diablo State Park Northewest Boundary:
North Gate towards the Burma Trailhead at 1000 feet:
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 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:
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:
Devils Elbow to summit lower parking lot:
Steep 13-17% climb up “the wall’ to Mt Diablo Summit.
Enjoy the summit views!
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. “Happy Autumn!”
30 Miles with 3619′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 3547′
Max grade: 17%
Terrain: Extremely hilly with steep climbs
Weather: Sunny and hot with temps ranging from the high 60’s to the high 90’s with NW winds.
Follow this route for today’s ride: