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Mt. Diablo

From Livermore to Orinda to Martinez and east to Brentwood, whenever you look up Diablo looks back. It's best when the sun is on the horizon and the light is kind — sunrise is a treat east of it and sunset's best to the west. The humps and slopes and gullies and valleys and outcroppings are accentuated and mellower. It's a bit craggy and sawtooth on the north; the southern side slopes more gently. The heathlike terrain gives way to trees about midway up, and trees give way to rock and dirt higher on. Streams flow, meadows bloom. The thirty-mile Diablo Trail crosses it. Its state park is reached from Mt. Diablo Road off of Interstate 680 at Danville. Clouds often form above and sometimes obscure its massive presence. Every few winters it snows on top, and people rush there to marvel at the frozen wonderland, throw snowballs, and blow on their hands.

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