Mount Diablo Calling

When I looked north from the top of Mission Peak last spring Mt Diablo in the distance looked wicked and massive. Last Sunday was one of the first clear weekends since spring season started. Since Saurabh, (an experienced and certified mountaineer - read his blog!) is here, we headed to the summit of Mt Diablo.

North Volcanic Rock

There is a scenic drivable road that takes you directly to the summit and is only about an hour's drive from home. There are trails that run up and down the mountain. A small scenic walk around the summit is a good way to explore the scenery. It is perhaps a geologist's paradise. At the summit it has strange rocks from Jurassic era with vein like texture, while at the Rock City towards the mountain foot has soft sandstones that have created a boulder wonderland!

Jurassic Rock Camel Hump

There is an old saying in Kannada: "distant hills look smoother and friendly" (but in reality could be harsh and inhospitable). Mount Diablo is a contradiction!

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