I'm planning on doing a Mt. Diablo loop in the next few days (for the first time) on a road bike and had a question about the route. My preference would be to climb the steeper side and descend the less steep side. Given that, can anyone tell me which side I should go up, or are both sides about the same? Also, is the quality of the road surface on one side any better than the other?
Thanks for any feedback you can provide.