Mt. Diablo State Park Closed To Vehicular Traffic Until Further Notice

March 27, 2020 15:00 pm · 17 comments

Mt. Diablo State Park is now closed to vehicular traffic until further notice.

California State Parks has taken this temporary safety measure to reduce crowds and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

All museums and visitor centers, and campgrounds in the state parks system are also closed until further notice.

james March 27, 2020 at 3:17 PM

Ahh,the icing on the cake……I can’t get enough!!!

ilovepopcorn March 27, 2020 at 3:26 PM

That is good because people abuse the rules and we do not need any problems to take away from the first responders. Stay off my Mountain!

james March 27, 2020 at 5:18 PM

First responders responding to what?I think you overdosed on geritol.Can always count on you for the alarmist vote.

sign from above March 28, 2020 at 8:26 AM

Hmmmm. Cars should “stay off my mountain”.

Sounds like a bicyclist to me! Was up ther last weekend. Couldn’t make it around any of the blind turns going up hill because the bicyclist wouldn’t get into single file (two and three wide taking up the lane). Then coming down (at the speed limit), I had several bicyclists tailgating me before passing me. Love how they complain about the cars, but can’t seem to follow the law themselves.

If you’re going to close it to cars, you should close it to everyone.

WC March 27, 2020 at 3:48 PM

Does this include bicycles?

Rollo Tomasi March 27, 2020 at 4:44 PM

There are a couple of court decisions that determined bicycles are vehicles, so my assumption is that yes, it includes bicycles.

Bill Bob March 27, 2020 at 8:47 PM

@Rollo: that seems like a bit of a stretch

slagheap March 28, 2020 at 2:39 PM

i was riding up the mountain friday p.m. state vehicle with ranger or other uniformed government employee passed, smiled and waved.

Rollo Tomasi March 28, 2020 at 4:27 PM

Thanks for the opinion and anecdote. Not sure what they have to do with my comment either way.

Jeff March 27, 2020 at 3:55 PM

So, are they closing the gates or just campgrounds and centers??? 108RS

Bill Bob March 27, 2020 at 4:12 PM

Mountain bikes still ok?

Kauai Mike March 28, 2020 at 6:17 AM

remember when it wasn’t a government guarded mountain you had to pay to enter & enjoy?

Itsme March 28, 2020 at 2:25 PM

The government is also responsible for the roads that provide access, the campgrounds and picnic areas people enjoy, providing potable water and restroom facilities. They also regulate the antenna farm up there that is vital to communications in this county everyone seems to take for granted. If a crime happens on the mountain it’s the men and women who are governmental employees that are on the front line.

I also appreciate that the government is trying to keep knuckleheads from overrunning public spaces and spreading this pandemic.

Anonymous March 28, 2020 at 4:52 PM

Itsme – Everything you mentioned is provided for free in the mountains in SoCal near LA. Even the developed recreation areas offer free access and free parking. Mt. Diablo is a drop in the bucket compared to the number of mountains and recreation areas that surround Los Angeles. The Transverse Ranges, that is.

The U.S. Forest Service is responsible for a lot of the SoCal mountains, so that may be the difference. Mt. Diablo is located in a state park.

2 Wheeler March 28, 2020 at 8:27 AM

Although bicycles are in fact vehicles, as of yesterday, cars were not allowed but bicycles were.

Old-school guy March 28, 2020 at 9:44 AM

I support the closure. Too many people driving to a central location. The point of getting outside is to stretch the legs and get fresh air. That can be done walking around the neighborhood.

Reason March 28, 2020 at 6:59 PM

That’s right. Stay in your neighborhood and walk in your area. Too many groups are driving to areas and affecting other areas, especially neighborhoods close to parks. Getting fresh air does not mean driving to other neighborhoods

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