On a clear day, it's said that one can see 200 miles -- as far away as Yosemite National Park -- from the observation deck at Diablo State Park.
If one can get to the observation deck, that is. It's been closed for a year now, another victim of the state's budget crisis.
"There's no funding," said Julie Seelen, development director at Save Mount Diablo. "If they barely have the funds to keep the park open, that's not high priority."
That's just one of a series of problems at the park stemming from years of deferred maintenance. A road is falling away from the hillside. A water system is about to go.
"Now we're looking at $100,000 to $200,000 projects," Seelen said.
While the group's core mission is to save the land around the mountain, it also works with the rangers, raising funds for some of the smaller stuff that's been cut by the state.
"We talk with the state park and try to find out what their needs are," Seelen said.
One of SMD's pet projects is restoring the Pearl Harbor Beacon at Diablo's Summit. Known as the Eye of Diablo, The group is working with the Pearl Harbor Survivors and State Parks to create a plan and raise funds to restore the the beacon on the observation deck that's been lit annually to commemorate Pearl Harbor
"The observation deck, the beacon, they're all part of the same building," Seelen said.
Despite a $192,000 renovation to the visitors center completed last year, -- thanks to a 2006 state parks bond -- the roof of the center is leaking. That roof is the floor of the observation deck.
The deck was closed last year, and there's no timetable for getting it fixed any time soon.
Seelen said SMD is working with the park to figure out what exactly needs to be done. Once the scope of the work and an estimate of how much the renovations will cost is determined, the group will begin raising funds.