Let's talk about Mt Diablo ! It's a favorite place for Bay Area residents !
Its a great place for a day trip or if you are into camping, there are a few campgrounds and it is not expensive to get a permit for the day or two.
I haven't camped there. There are tons of tarantulas around there though at certain times of the year. Maybe even a Mountain Lion or two, but apparently nobody has encountered one yet, or lived to tell about it !
It is only just under 4,000 feet high but it is the high ground of the bay area and from the top (because everything else is so flat for 200 miles in each direction)
one can actually, on a clear day, see about 200 miles around you, apparently.
Going up in summertime, it is not cold up there, but if you do it in winter it does feel like you are in the high mountains. Because of the wind up there. It is however, closed everytime there is some snow. That is because the two roads up and down are very narrow and have no edge protection. So going over the edge becomes a very real and possibly fatal possibility if things get slippery.
Many hardy souls cycle up the thing. But you really need to be in shape.
There are a few hiking trails where one can hike up. Mainly there are two, two lane roads up. I usually go UP from the Danville side (because it is easier to find ) and come DOWN on the Walnut Creek side.
It is very scenic and certainly well worth a few hours !
There is a Ranger station if you come up from the Walnut Creek side where you can pay your TEN DOLLARS (per car) Day Use Fee. If you come up from the Danville side there is an unmanned Ranger gate where you can pick up a small envelope and deposit ten bucks in it and put it in the slot provided. Putting down your car license number and day you are there. Keep the stub in your car windshield so the rangers can check you have paid (when you are parked up on top). Stiff fines if you don't pay so please don't forget to do so.
I've been up there about ten times now. Most of the time there is cloud around so you can't see too far. But i have been up there when I could see MT Shasta way up north (nearly 200 miles away) and I could see Half Dome of Yosemite (a similar distance away to the East). You can often see the Sierras as well. Pretty cool.
Mt Diablo is worth going up to. And rivals going up to Mt. Tamalpais on the Marin side of things.
There is excellent scenery on Mt. Tam (as locals call it) as well, so don't miss that one either.
MT. Tam has a ranger station a short walk from the parking lot on the top. It is only about 2700 feet high though so much lower then Mt. Diablo.
On the top of Mt. Diablo there is a small museum. Well worth seeing if you get there before 4pm when it closes for the day. And inside is a small rock which you can step on . And that is the ACTUAL TOP of Mt. Diablo.
Going out with the wife means sitting in a nice cafe with her buried in her iphone. And me communicating when necessary by sending her a text ! She WILL reply within a minute though. LOL.
Gendut is very happy Mommie is back and can mess around with him all the time.
Can't you tell ?