Mount Diablo - North Gate

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distance 18.8 km
start height 56 m
end height 1155 m
highest point 1155 m
ascent 1099 m
distance uphill 18.8 km
average ascent percentage 5.8 %
maximum ascent percentage 22.0 %

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Mt. Diablo, west of Walnut Creek, is the closest of the three big mountains in the Bay Area. Mt. Tamalpais in Marin is 2,571 ft, Mt. Diablo is 3,849 ft, and Mt. Hamilton near San Jose is 5000 ft. It has been claimed that on the clearest of days the landmass viewable from the summit is second only to Mt. Kilimanjaro which peaks at over 19,000 ft. Our former webmaster has personally seen Half Dome in Yosemite, Mt. Lassen and the Faralon Islands (35 miles past the Golden Gate) from the summit of the mountian. Whatever the view from the top, climbing Mt. Diablo is a challange. There are two roads into the state park which meet at about 2000 ft above sea level (Ranger Station); one road from there leads to the Summit. There is water at the Ranger Station and at the Summit. The climbs are Tunnel, Mt. Diablo and Wildcat. The descents are North Pinehurst and Mt. Diablo. Mt. Diablo probably has the most patrolling police of any of the routes, and they will ticket speeding cyclists. Besides, the beautiful scenery coming down is too blurry at full speed!

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start point 4383-4399 Arbolado Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, USA
end point 4383-4399 Arbolado Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, USA

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