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mtnhiker13Route Climbed: by bicycle on the road Date Climbed: sometime in the 1980s  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

As part of a charity bicycle event - I rode my bike up to the top of Mt Diablo. The last 100 yards of the road are 17% grade which is incredibly steep to ride up on a bike. The ride down was scary as I was trying not to go too fast. I think I wore out my brake pads!
Posted Aug 18, 2003 2:17 pm

lildancerRoute Climbed: Hiked a few trails Date Climbed: April 26, 2003  Sucess!

lildancer

It was cool. Also I felt like I wanted to do it again. I saw turkeys and cows. I saw coyote poop. I went inside the building. There were stuffed animals there.



As dictated to my mom.
Posted Apr 28, 2003 6:06 pm

mpbroRoute Climbed: Moses Rock Ridge Date Climbed: 26 April 2003  Sucess!

mpbro

Hiked this with Kim. Up in 2.5h. Fun hike, especially the lower parts. The top 1000' is a bit crowded. Not as many flowers as we'd have liked to seen, with all the cold & rain this spring. The paragliders were fun to watch.



On the way up we got a bit lost. Missed the Juniper trail and ended up doing a mile or so along the road, then connected with the summit trail around 300 feet below the summit.
Posted Apr 27, 2003 11:23 am

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Eagle Peak/Bald Ridge trail/XC Date Climbed: April 5, 2003  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Enjoyable dayhike (Eagle Peak-Diablo-Devil's Pulpit-North Peak-Olympia) out of Mitchell Canyon. The scramble up to the main summit via Devil's Pulpit is fun class 2-3; the XC route between North Peak and Olympia is less so.
Posted Apr 6, 2003 4:55 pm

Brett ARoute Climbed: North Peak Trail, cross-country Date Climbed: March 22, 2003  Sucess!
I started from Devil's Elbow right below the summit and descended to Prospecter's Gap between the main and North peaks. From there I followed the fireroad up to the North Peak. It gets really steep and loose right before the summit. I foung the highpoint right next to a huge antenna and stood on top. From there I followed the ridge straight down towards Mt. Olympia. I had to detour around a huge rock wall about halfway down (from the bottom it didn't look as bad). About 10 minutes of difficult bushwacking brought me to a saddle where I climbed some bad rock to a point that I though was the summit. Had to continue anothe 100 yards to the real summit. This route is supposed to be class 3 if you keep to the ridge, but what I did was probably difficult class 2 downclimbing. Found a geocache box at the top (not an actual summit log). Followed trails back to my car. I saw only 1 other person between North Peak and Mt. Olympia, even though it was a Saturday with pretty good weather.
Posted Mar 22, 2003 5:02 pm

keemaRoute Climbed: Olympia Trail Date Climbed: March 8, 2003  Sucess!

keema

What a beautiful day. This is a fun day trip. The trail became indistinct in a few places as the grass was overgrowing the trail even with the low rain year we've had. Shows how little this trail is used. Also there were a couple of washouts along the section of trail between Olympia peak and the North Summit. Met fellow SPer Don Bender and his two sons on the North Peak. Hiked to the South Peak with them.
Posted Mar 9, 2003 9:04 am

phomchickRoute Climbed: Mt. Olympia Trail Date Climbed: January, 2003  Sucess!

phomchick

A nice climb on Superbowl Sunday. Didn't see a soul until reaching Prospector's Gap. According to my GPS, the round trip was 12.3 miles and 4,100 ft. including a side trip to the North Summit
Posted Jan 28, 2003 2:32 am

MishaRoute Climbed: Multiple Date Climbed: 1998, 1999, 2000  Sucess!

Misha

I hiked this peak 3 times through various approaches which included Mt. Olympia trail and the road. It was certainly tough and strenuous but not too pleasant due to sun/heat exposure. I will try it again this winter.. hopefully it is nicer in cooler weather.
Posted Dec 30, 2002 12:35 pm

Brett ARoute Climbed: Summit Trail, road Date Climbed: Nov. 1, 2002  Sucess!
I did my most recent climb on my mountain bike. Went to the top on the summit trail and rode down the long, winding road. Riding down was very fun.
Posted Nov 15, 2002 11:00 pm

LuidgerRoute Climbed: By bike from Walnut Creek Date Climbed: Oct 1992  Sucess!

Luidger

Sometime in Oct 1992 (IIRC) I biked up Mt. Diablo which was pretty nice.
Posted Aug 13, 2002 12:53 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Some God-awful hot trail Date Climbed: Summer, 1989  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Only time I've been there was as the half-way point for a marathon that started from Clayton HS. Don't remember anything about the views, as it didn't seem too important after 13mi and 3500ft. Maybe I ought to drive up there sometime and enjoy it...
Posted Aug 12, 2002 9:37 pm

ShawnRoute Climbed: Regular Date Climbed: 3/27/2000  Sucess!

Shawn

This was the normal approach by car to the top portion. We parked about a hundred feet under the summit and circled the peak until making it to the top.



We were just in time for sunset, which was stunning. The sun was casting a yellow-orange glow right into the ocean next to the Golden Gate bridge and the whole area of water was just glowing brightly with the sunset.



The view is amazing from up here as the tallest point in the area and you felt you could just reach out and grab the GG bridge. You also get the rest of the 360 degree view.



On a clear day after rain with the sky very clean, you would have tremendous views from here. Also, make sure you don't come at the times that you'd expect to run into a lot of people (weekends, holidays, etc.) if you want solitude, due to the very easy access.
Posted Apr 14, 2002 9:51 pm

MountaindocRoute Climbed: somewhere from the Bay Area... Date Climbed: June 1992  Sucess!
One of the hardest days of my life... All the 4000m peaks in the Alpes haven't been that cruel. We ran out of water in the searing californian sun...

Still a nice mountain!
Posted Apr 12, 2002 3:14 am

kdonaldsonRoute Climbed: more hiking/trail running than climbing Date Climbed: Jan 2001 (most memorable)  Sucess!

kdonaldson

I drove to the summit and did a looping trail that dropped down the north eastern side, looped around and back up to the summit from the south. ~7 miles I think - nice hike to do in the morning. Being January it was pleasantly cool up there, (even a bit of snow lying around in shaded areas:), and what made this trip memorable was morning low-lying fog encircling Diable and all the surround hills. All you could see was the tops, making you feel like you were above the clouds. Also saw paragliders taking off that day - very cool.
Posted Feb 20, 2002 10:59 am

ejgriffinRoute Climbed: Don't know, some trail Date Climbed: December 1997  Sucess!

ejgriffin

The climb itself isn't too spectacular, but the view from the top is incredible.
Posted Feb 20, 2002 9:14 am

JohnRoute Climbed: Don't remember - 2000? Date Climbed: Don't remember - a trail, not the road  Sucess!

John

It was a nice day and I hiked up with two people I met on the Internet for some local fun. One girl was a post-doc at Stanford and this is when I found out what Stanford post-doc's get paid. I'm glad I'm not one :-P (but that's nothing against those that are! Just personal preference :-).
Posted Feb 19, 2002 9:30 pm

mpbroRoute Climbed: the road! Date Climbed: never  Sucess!

mpbro

uh...this was a "vehicle-aided" ascent. :) I came up here with a European friend of mine, who thought he might paraglide off the peak. He had done it once off the western slopes, where afternoon summer westerlies induce nice thermals.



Never really even thought of climbing Diablo, even then, only in the winter. I often admire it from afar, though. Legend has it that Diablo was the second or third "most visible point" on earth, defined as acreage from which the point was visible. On an extraordinarily clear day you can see it from the Sierras, most points in the Bay Area, and probably from Sacramento to near Fresno.
Posted Feb 19, 2002 4:56 pm

gordonyeRoute Climbed: Mt Olympia Trail; Back Canyon Date Climbed: Many

gordonye

First through hike was with Vladimir. The panoramic view from the summit encompasses nearly the entire length of snow-capped Sierra Nevada north to Lassen Peak of the Cascades. From the main summit you can see Pacific Ocean, San Francisco skyline, three bridges in the bay, and many, many more places. Go on a clear windy day in winter for the best view.
Posted Feb 19, 2002 4:20 pm

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