Mount Hamilton Ride is a 35.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 35.9 miles Elevation Gain: 4,921 feet Route Type: Out & Back

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

bird watching


wild flowers


no dogs

Challenging climb to highest peak overlooking Silicon Valley Mount Hamilton is a perfect escape from the sprawl of Silicon Valley. The view on the way up is out of this world, which is fitting, because the scientists at the summit spend lifetimes gleaning knowledge from tiny specks of light in the far reaches of space. Lick Observatory at the summit (the world's first mountaintop observatory) is a logical goal, but the journey outshines the destination. Though short walks are available at the summit, this is one adventure best experienced on wheels. Whether you drive or ride, it'll be unforgettable.

road biking
Sun Sep 02 2018

Multiple view spots on this route. Quite an achievement for newbies to use this route for biking and reach till observatory. The last 2-3 miles are quite steep.

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road biking
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