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For today, Michael and I decide to take a quick jaunt up Mt Diablo via North Gate Rd. Temps are forecasted to reach the high 90's to 100F. Many cyclists are already heading down the mountain from an earlier start time to "beat the heat".
The dryscape of the mountain is different from the lush greens during springtime but the appeal is still there. Some wildflowers are blooming along the road and there are certain sections where the trees and brushes are very green.
The climb up North Gate from Oak Rd to the junction is about 7.8 miles. The average gradient is around 6%. The grade does increase to 9-11% as you approach the Burma Road Trail and at the 1000 feet elevation sign.