You'll go from the straight and narrow to the steep and challenging on this loop. After a nice jaunt through golden hills and ranch country, you'll pass Mount Diablo, the tallest peak in the Bay Area. The loop will take you around the north peak and into Mount Diablo State Park. On a clear day, head to the observatory deck, where you can pick out Yosemite's Half Dome among the snow-capped peaks of the Sierras to the east.
|Start||I-580 (east) @ Livermore Ave., Livermore, CA|
|Right off ramp||Vasco Rd. (north)||15.0|
|Left||Camino Diablo (in Brentwood)||3.5|
|Straight||Marsh Creek Rd.||13.6|
|Left||Ygnacio Valley Rd. (in Concord)||4.1|
|Left||Oak Grove Rd. (in Walnut Creek)||1.1|
|Left||N. Gate Rd.||7.9|
|Bear Right||Summit Rd. > Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd||6.6|
|Finish||Livermore Ave. @ I-580, Livermore, CA|
Warnings: Gas is sparse in areas, so fuel up before starting the loop. Ranchland hills can get arid in the summer and fall, so remember to follow Smokey the Bear's advice. On Mount Diablo, the roads aren't always well paved and teem with tight turns, steep inclines and bicyclists on the road.
Suggested Stops: Over 90 historic, artistically inspired automobiles conceived by the world's leading designers are on display at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville. Most of these works of art are one-of-a-kind "rolling sculptures." The constantly changing exhibit features everything from racing cars to Rolls Royces.
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