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Reviewed by: stepenliem
Cross Country Rider
In order to go up the summitt of Mt Diablo (apprx 3500ft), you can start from the Mitchell Canyon parking lot (96 Mitchell canyon Road, Clayton, CA). From there you can take either Mitchell Canyon trail or Donner Canyon trail. Both trails end at Deer Flat. From Deer Flat take the Juniper Camp trail, and then from Juniper Camp, take the paved road to the summit. Mitchell Canyon trail is an easy trail with long gradual incline. The Donner Canyon road, however, is the hardest trail I have ever ridden. Very steep with no breaks, in the summer time, its really hot, you you are cooked there. The hardest part of the Ridge Trail: its about 2 or 3 miles of constant climb and its very ver steep. Even walking is hard to do let alone pedalling. This is the hardest part of the trail.
Park your car in 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, from there you can take:
1. Easy trail: follow the Mitchell Canyon trail to Deer Flat, tkae Juniper Camp trail to Juniper Camp, and then take the paved road to the summit.
2. Advance difficult trail: from the parking lot, go to the beginning of the gate of the trail, immediately turn left and stay in that rail until you hit Donner Canyon trail. Go to the Meridian trail, then the Ridge. When you it Prospector Gap trail, hang on right to Deer Flat. From Deer Flat go to Juniper Camp trail, once you get there, take the paved road to the summit. The brutual trail is the Ridge and the one just after the Deer Flat and before the Juniper Camp.
August 3, 2005
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Reviewed by: dkhz
Summit Trail IS a good trail. But it does'nt start at the summit parking lot, it starts at the bottom and goes up (what kind of biker drives up the mountain?)
The single track through Dan Cook canyon is open to bikes. After crossing the bridge it turns to fire road and climbs steadily. From Live Oak campground you have to take the paved road about 1/4 mile to a junction on the left just past Wall Point road. For a nice detour out of Live Oak take West Fossil Ridge road about 3/4 mile out to a great vista point. They recently graded some new sections of fire road and its pretty loose from the Rock City up to the ranger junction but the views are spectacular. Stay off the 'no bikes' sections; there's no quicker way to wreck the sport than to freak out the hikers and horses. Climb to the top and you know what mountain biking is about. The ride down is sweet.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
West Fossil Ridge; Wall Point; Frog Pond; won't tell you my favorite because nobody ever rides it and I want to keep it all to myself.