Monday, March 23, 2009

Mt. Diablo

I grew up with a mountain in my backyard, Mt. Diablo (Devil's Mountain). Located 35 miles east of San Francisco on the edge of California's great Central Valley, this mountain stands a modest 3,849 feet above sea level. Yet, because of the valley and proximity to the ocean, in terms of viewable land area from its summit Mt. Diablo boasts the second grandest view on the entire face of the earth. Only Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa has a greater view.

The summit is accessible by road, and the views are spectacular. One can see over the Oakland Hills and view San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge and on a clear day, the Farallon Islands 35 miles out into the ocean. East, one can see Half Dome at Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains. North, one can see Lassen Peak, and each direction the views through the valley are extensive. The Sacramento river delta is easily seen, as are many cities and towns all over the area.

There are many hiking trails, and a museum on top of the peak. Hang gliders jump off the south ridge and out into the sky. I took my seven year old up there week before last. I hope to have more pictures soon.

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