Several Springs ago, we had driven to the top of Mt. Hamilton and seen Santa Clara Valley from a height of 4,200 odd feet. Then last Fall, in what was like a follow-up trip, we drove up the same range, this time to the top of Hamilton’s little brother Mt. Diablo, which lies further north of it.
Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Diablo are among the popular peaks of the Diablo Range that lies stretched east of the San Francisco Bay in California. The chain of hills that make up this range are not too high, so a trip to one of the taller summits means wide-angle views of the characteristic rolling hills of the range and the great plains that lie beyond it.
This drive to the top of Mt. Diablo was not unlike that trip to the top of Hamilton: the highway snaking up the Diablo range through a series of twists and turns and serving us with panoramic vistas of the low rolling hills around it. On a lucky day, I hear you can even see the more famous Sierra Nevada range, which lies to the east.
As we went further up, we were shown rooftops and treetops and eventually hill-tops and telescopic views of ups and downs and converging rivers. Here is a photo-tour of that scenic drive:
|Taken somewhere on the way to the top of Mt. Diablo.|
|From a higher elevation.|
|A dell and some rolling hills yonder.|
At one point we stopped to lay our eyes on Livermore Valley. I’ll say nothing more about it; these pictures speak for themselves:
|Do you see Downtown Livermore?|
|Our destination – the top of Mt. Diablo and the Summit Visitor Center.|
|The Summit Visitor Centre, a structure built of stone is by itself one of the attractions at the top of Mt. Diablo.|
Undeniably, the biggest attraction here is the view. Here are the views from the top of Mt. Diablo, which is over 3, 800 ft in elevation.
Read about the ‘linguistic accident’ that might have won Mt. Diablo its name, here —
Views from the top of the observation deck above the visitor center:
|Look carefully and you will see the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.|
|What do you think about the views from the top of California’s Devil Mountain? Diabolic?|
Must do while you are here–
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the almost- private picnic tables you find at by the side of the road that takes you to the top of Mt. Diablo.
(From where we sat, we could see the stone building at the summit on one side and on the other, the Sacramento River just before it joined the San Joaquin River and some windmills near there. )
For more visual treats from ‘viewpoints’ click HERE.