Mount Diablo State Park reopens

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Calistoga, CA    Photo by: Lee and Paul Youngman (AP)</span></div>
January 6, 2008 12:18:28 PM PST
Mount Diablo State Park reopened this morning after being closed since Friday while rangers cleared trees and rocks that were scattered on roadways from storms that also caused landslides and flooding, a ranger said.

The park in Contra Costa County reopened at about 9:30 a.m. today after closing Friday around 11 a.m. after winds reached speeds of 110 mph, said Carl Nielson, a Mount Diablo State Park ranger.

Drivers and bicyclists can take Summit Road today up to Juniper Campground, which is located at about 3,000 feet and about 2 miles below the summit, he said. From there only pedestrians are allowed to hike to the top of the mountain.

The park, which normally opens on Sundays at 8 a.m., closes at sunset, Nielson said. Visitors are advised to dress warm due to frigid, slushy conditions, he said.

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