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Mount Diablo - South Gate - Diablo

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Average grade: 5.7 %

Length: 17.1 km

Height start: 178 m

Height top: 1155 m

Ascent: 977 m

Maximum: 19 %

Mount Diablo - South Gate rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 2273 (all)
Ranking United States: 162 (all)
Difficulty score: 85.87 what?

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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! Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. This is the start of the South Gate climb (elevation 570 ft). Start your watches as you pass the Athenian School. Fast climbers can reach the summit from there in under an hour. This climb really is fantastic.

The Mount Diablo - South Gate is situated in California. This climb belongs to the San Francisco Bay Area. Starting from Diablo, the Mount Diablo - South Gate ascent is 17.1 km long. Over this distance, you climb 977 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.7 %. The maximum slope is 19 %.

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Story by colmcq from , Austria, submitted on 19/07/2012
good climb and you are doing well if you get up in under an hour. I''ve climbed it 3 times and was sick all over my bike on two of those occasions because of the last 100 yards which, if you''ve been trying to get up sub 1 hour, shoves your lactate levels over the red zone. Just sayin''
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Story by tadzio from san francisco, United States, submitted on 10/04/2009
The first Sunday of October the Mt Diablo Challenge is held. They close the road to cars and send 5 waves of 200 riders each racing up the mountain. Distance is 10.8 miles. The pavement is like glass (except at the bottom before you enter the park) The goal - under 1 hour = get a T-shirt. The last 100 yards is cartoon heart pumping difficult. This race is BIG FUN!
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Story by Jeff from Vancouver, Canada, submitted on 25/06/2008
This is a great climb. Its just hard enough to make you really hurt in spots but eases up just to hurt you again. The road surface is great...not too many cars midweek and its a great decent down. A couple of spots on the way up to get water too and a great view from the top.
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