Late Winter Jaunt up Mt Diablo

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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This late winter ride heads up North Gate Rd to the Junction Ranger Station and 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 Rd to Mt Diablo North Entrance to Arroyo del Cerro Ranch.

North gate Rd to the NW Park Boundary.

North Gate Rd towards 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 Rd 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%.

Enjoy the spectacular panoramic Livermore Valley Overlook 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.

Enjoy the valley views!

Juniper to Devils Elbow.

Devils Elbow to the summit lower parking lot with a steep 13-17% climb up “the wall’ to Mt Diablo Summit.

Enjoy the glorious mountain top views!

Spring forward with this wonderful ride and enjoy the early spring poppies as you wind your way up Mt Diablo!

Garmin Stats:
30.1 Miles with 3778′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 3782′
Max grade: 17%
Terrain: Extremely hilly

Weather: Sunny and warm. Temps ranged from the low 60s to the low 80’s with SW winds.

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