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“local mountain”

Mount Diablo State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Clayton
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Owner description: Offers vast views from its summit.
Pleasanton, California
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33 reviews
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“local mountain”
Reviewed March 14, 2012

the view from the top is amazing on a clear day. You can often see mountains up toward Mt. Shasta, and Sierras to Yosemite, as well as surrounding bay area. The road is fairly narrow, steep and winding, but not a long trip from the base to the top.

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Walnut Creek, California
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“Mt. Diablo State Park a high point!”
Reviewed March 6, 2012

This mountain is high above the surrounding plain and has some of the longest views ("on a clear day") found anywhere. Small historical exhibit and lookout. Many campgrounds and picnic sites, plus a wonderful "Rock City" where youngsters can get up close and personal with the topography. Great hiking from there and also to/from the summit. Rangers available. Day use fee. Tarantulas appear on road during the mating season (they are not dangerous, contrary to popular understanding).

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California
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“Love Mount Diablo”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

I've been going to Mount Diablo since I was a kid. It's a great place for families...picnics, hiking, rock climbing. It's also popular for biking.

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Danville. CA
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“Wilderness in your backyard”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

We are so fortunate to have such a great park as a "backyard." Gorgeous location with many levels of activities. Cut backs have reduced the park hours and the lighthouse is currently closed due to water damage. Check their website for updates. http://www.mdia.org/spinfo.htm

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Moraga, California
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“One of the best training grounds of the Bay Area”
Reviewed February 16, 2012

I love Mt. Diablo because the mountain has been good to me. During the last year I have climbed with my road bike to the summit multiple times. At the beginning I couldn't make it from the bottom. Then I learned to get to the summit, but I had to stop more than once. Now I go all the way to the top without stops. The work out has put me back to my weight of 10 years ago. Talk about getting younger. Where else in the world you have a super safe mountain, with very little traffic, with a perfect 90 minutes climb where the views get better and better by the minute, especially in winter and spring when the green rolling hills come back to life. Mt. Diablo is a road bicyclist paradise, and a perfect place for beginners. Park your car in the Athenian School or if you want to make the ride longer, from the Blackhawk mall. Then bring your bicycle to the top.

But Mt. Diablo is not just about byciclists. It has one of the most memorable hikes in the Bay Area. The Mt. Diablo Grand Loop is a 10-mile trail that boast and amazing 3,000 ft of elevation change. It's the perfect training ground for those who would like to do backpacking in the Sierra. Get 40 pounds into your backpack and train this trail. See how your body feels, and if it can take it without much punishment, you're ready for the Sierra. And you will have some very nice views, like the one from the top of Eagle Peak towards Clayton and Antioch.

There is wildlife too. I have seen numeorus coyotes, hares, squirrels, hawks and in September, tarantulas. Don't worry. They are completely harmless. In fact you have to feel sorry for them as they become bird food.

And finally, the sunsets. With some good luck you will choose a mostly clear day with some cloudiness. In Mt. Diablo I have seen some of the most beautiful sunsets of my life.

Would I just drive to Mt. Diablo if I was a visitor from outside the Bay Area with just a few days to spend? Probably not. The view is nice, but for some reason I prefer the view from the bottom of the mountain towards the rolling hills, and that's even before entering the park. If you get to the park gate, I recommend to have a work out plan. Walk, hike, rock climb (which you can do in Rock City) or ride your bicycle (road or mountain). That's the best way to explore one of the best training grounds that the lucky inhabitants of the Bay Area have around.

Visited February 2012
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