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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!

Brett A

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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