Magazine article Sunset

Mt. Diablo: Drive Up after the Next Rain, and You'll Have Northern California at Your Feet

Magazine article Sunset

Mt. Diablo: Drive Up after the Next Rain, and You'll Have Northern California at Your Feet

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ON CLEAR DAYS after a storm, the summit of the East Bay's lofty landmark is ideal for taking advantage of its best attribute. Because Mt. Diablo rises abruptly from relatively flat land, visitors to Mt. Diablo State Park's eponymous 3,849-foot peak experience unmatched panoramas encompassing Sacramento, the Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada, Lassen Peak, Mt. Hamilton, and the Farallon Islands. With a good set of binoculars, you can even see Half Dome. It's a veritable tour of Northern California, all from one spot.

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EAT Genova Delicatessen Pack a picnic at the one-stop favorite. For reasons undetermined, its turkey on sourdough tastes better than most. INFO: $; 1105 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; 925/939-3838.

Amber Bistro Hearty food perfect for a winter-day wrap-up. Start with fire-roasted salmon in coconut sauce and end with vanilla-bean pudding in coffee-caramel sauce. INFO: $$$; closed Sun; 500 Hartz Ave., Danville; 925/552-5238.

La Ultima Authentic New Mexican. Try the chicken enchiladas topped with fried eggs and a spicy red sauce. Sounds crazy, but they're delish. INFO: $; 455 Hartz Ave., Danville; 925/838-9705.

GO Summit Visitor Center Get oriented with trail maps and dioramas at Mt. Diablo State Park's historic visitor center and museum. Stand on "the rock" (Mt. Diablo's highest point), which juts through a hole in the floor. …

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