Mt Diablo: North Gate-Livermore Valley Overlook

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Share the Road! Mount Diablo has many roadways that are narrow with blind curves.  Cyclists and vehicles need to use caution and patience when on the mountain.  Here are a few tips to keep your visit safe and enjoyable-
     –  Observe posted speed limits.
     –  Stay in your lane on blind curves.
     –  Do not pass unless you have a clear view of oncoming traffic and it is safe to do so.
     –  Wearing headphones that cover both ears is illegal. *1

This ride heads out from Martinez along the Contra Costa Canal Trail for the scenic climb up Mt Diablo on North Gate Rd to the Junction Ranger Station and on Summit Rd to the Livermore Valley Overlook.

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.

Continue on Summit Rd to the Livermore Valley Overlook.

Livermore Valley Overlook-enjoy the panoramic views!

Reverse the route back to Martinez or continue on Summit Rd to Juniper Campground and the summit!

This semi-short hilly ride takes you from the suburbs up to the Livermore Valley Overlook at Mt Diablo. Sit awhile and enjoy the magnificent views! Have more time on your hands? Stay on Summit Rd and head up to the summit for more spectacular views!

* 1 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=517

Garmin Stats:
40 Miles with 3075′ of elevation gain (ride out from Martinez)
Max Elevation: 2155′
Max grade: 11%
Terrain: Extremely hilly

Weather: Sunny and warm. Temps ranged from the high 60’s to the high 70’s with SW winds.

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