The centerpiece of the map is the 3,849 foot Mount Diablo, which rises out of the valley floor near Walnut Creek. The view from the top is reputed to be the second greatest in the world after Mount Kilimanjaro. A paved road runs all the way to the observation tower at the top, and dirt trails lead very nearly to the top of the mountain. Altogether there are 100 miles of dirt roads and trails open to mountain biking on the slopes of Mount Diablo, through valleys and canyons over rolling hills and along ridge tops.
North of Mount Diablo lie the rolling hills of Briones Regional Park. 40 miles of fire roads criss-cross the 9 square mile park, providing a huge selection of varied loops.
Very popular among East Bay cyclists are the string of parks that line the ridges east of Oakland and Berkeley. To the north are Wildcat Canyon and Tilden with both valley and ridge top rides, and to the south, Redwood and Chabot. At Redwood a pair of ridge top roads make for an excellent loop ride, while at Chabot numerous smaller loops are possible.
Black Diamond Mines is an old coal mining area. In addition to some interesting mining relics and guided mine shaft tours, the steep rolling hills afford excellent cycling. An adjacent park has a swimming lake to cool off in on typically hot summer days.
From the redwood forested hills above Oakland and Berkeley to the panoramic views of the 3849 foot summit of Mount Diablo, this map covers some of the most spectacular mountain biking in the Bay Area. Most off road riding is on fire roads; the map also shows surrounding paved roads and the paved Lafayette-Moraga and Iron Horse trails. Gradient chevrons indicate the location and difficulty of the climbs, while topographic lines give a general idea of the terrain. Nearby services, camping, picnic areas, drinking water, rest rooms and more are shown on the map. A chart describes each park and trail included on the map. Paper, 17"x32". Scale 1:50,000. 2002.
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