The Splendor of Mt Diablo

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Ride up to the summit of Mount Diablo on North Gate Rd and enjoy the magnificent mountain top views along the way! 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 Mt Diablo North Entrance to Arroyo del Cerro Ranch:

North Gate towards the Burma Trailhead:

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 the Burma Road Trail and a bit beyond. North Gate winds up from Diablo Ranch 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%. Livermore Valley Overlook to Toyon Picnic Area:

There is a 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 towards Devils Elbow:

Devils Elbow to steep 13-17% climb up “the wall’ to Mt Diablo Summit.

Mt Diablo summit-enjoy the views!

Lower parking lot picnic areas and ADA accessible overlook area:

Check out the new safety signs posted up along the mountain:

Return to Heather Farm:

Climbing up Mt Diablo to the summit is one of my favorite Bay Area rides-the mountain changes with the seasons and the views are spectacular!

Garmin Stats:
30 Miles with 3771′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 3737′
Max grade: 17%
Terrain: Extremely hilly with steep climbs

Weather: Sunny and warm with temps ranging from the mid 60’s to the mid 80’s with NW winds.

View the interactive RGPS route map & profile

Mt Diablo NG

Follow this route for today’s ride:


  1. I was on the mountain last Friday. Even with the haze, such a perfect place. Your riding all my favorite places, East bay and Marin, and I’ve missed your locations sometimes by hours. Thanks for all that you do with the Chronicles!


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