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bennovakFrom the road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2013

bennovak

A couple hundred yards of rebellion led me to the top. The views were impressive, the LIck observatory even more so. Worth the trip.
Posted Dec 29, 2013 9:15 pm

orbitorFrom Lick Observatory  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2013

orbitor

On the way to Oregon, took a detour to check off the Santa Clara county highpoint. Long, but very nice drive to the top of Mt. Hamilton makes this outing nothing more than a walk-up. Strolled up the road, then straight up the service road to summit. Clambered around equipment looking for the highest point. Excellent views in all directions, despite some obstructions.
Posted Aug 14, 2013 2:40 pm

FletchFun little run-up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2011

Fletch

quick blitz
Posted Dec 28, 2012 4:25 pm

georgemRun up Mt Ham Rd  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2012
Parked roughly at Kincaid Rd and jogged up the last 5 miles of Mt Hamilton Rd to the summits. Time to summit was about 1 hr and round trip was 1:40 excluding maybe 10 mins at the top. Great views all around and one of my favorite Bay Area summits despite the annoying access.
Posted Jul 6, 2012 8:53 pm

David Naylor3 Peak Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012

David Naylor

Pyramid Rocks, Mount Isabel and Copernicus Peak-in that order. Evening hike began at the Mule Trail 5:45PM to avoid the heat. Bagged Pyramid Rocks then Mount Isabel via East Slope. It was about 8:20 when I reached the summit. Climbed up summit rocks but did not find the register nor where it is shown in the photo section. Gorgeous sunset that left deep crimson layers in the sky. Was pitch black final couple miles back to San Antonio Road. Fantastic views of Isabel Valley, Mt. Stakes and of Isabel and Pyramid Rocks from the summit of each. Finished the evening at Copernicus Peak. Satisfying day in the Diablo Range.
Posted Jun 17, 2012 7:50 pm

mrchad9Nice tour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2005

mrchad9

Very long, winding drive, but enjoyed the tour of the Lick Observatory. Definitely worth going especially while the hills are green.
Posted May 9, 2010 4:17 am

DundeelThis one is Licked  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2010

Dundeel

The tour of the main observatory was interesting as was looking through the windows at the 120 inch telescope. I left my truck at the 120 inch parking area and walked to Copernicus. CA Cohp #10, CA P3k 4/46.
Posted Mar 31, 2010 6:34 pm

Dennis PoulinLong drive, short hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2004

Dennis Poulin

The county sheriff didn't like where I parked...
Posted Dec 13, 2009 2:05 pm

DigglerAnother one bites the dust  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2009

Diggler

Walking around an ugly manmade structure with singing electrical lines, radio wave symbols, & warnings of high voltage made me really question my attraction to the state highpoints... The great views of the Diablo range, Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, the South Bay, as well as a side trip to the Lick Observatory, though, restored my faith, & reminded me why. Building aside, it is a beautiful area, the drive pleasant (if it hadn't been for the 2 slow cars that refused to pull over, I would have stayed ahead of the better part of a 3-person GSX-R/YZF riders group- THAT would have been cool. Oh well...), & wonderful company made for a great day's outing.
Posted Oct 19, 2009 3:44 pm

iditarod81Post-Hamilton.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2009

iditarod81

After a look at the observatory.
Posted Jun 29, 2009 1:41 pm

Dean2nd one of the day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2008

Dean

Did Vaca earlier, then this one. The drive is the worst part (according to my wife). We then headed southward towards Ventura to visit my wife's aunt & uncle. LONG day.
Posted Mar 29, 2009 8:29 pm

JonodoFrom the road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2009

Jonodo

Nice day and hike with the boys. It was fun to be stealthy with them. For a 3 and 5 yr old, this was the perfect adventure. All the parking along the side of the road was blocked off. We parked in the lot for the 120 inch telescope and walked along the road. Fun time.
Posted Mar 29, 2009 5:17 pm

kavakFrom the road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006

kavak

My wife wanted to show me San Francisco, but I insisted that we at least spend one day outside the city. We had no idea that it is illegal to do this hike? We just parked off the road and walked up it. The Lick Observatory was very interesting as well as the tour.
Posted Nov 17, 2008 9:48 am

ericwillhiteEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2008

ericwillhite

So the signs scared me and the gate was open with someone up there. Decided to continue on the road down the east side of the mountain. Parked in a turnout. Climbed up the opposite ridge of the road up to the summit. Some bushwacking but not bad...although my kids didn't like getting wacked in the face by the brush as I thrashed through and crawled under. No one on top, hiked the road down, gate was now closed. http://www.willhiteweb.com/california_climbing/mount_hamilton/copernicus_peak_251.htm
Posted Jul 23, 2008 12:28 am

TracyMy 6th CA cohp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2008

Tracy

My 3rd cohp for the day. Summitted at 6:45 PM.
Posted May 21, 2008 1:06 am

SFMountaineerCCHP #13  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2008

SFMountaineer

Drove up today and did the quick technically illegal hike to Copernicus Peak. Uneventful, views were better from Lick observatory.
Posted Mar 23, 2008 8:42 pm

Brian KaletFrom the road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2008

Brian Kalet

During a storm at night.
Posted Feb 25, 2008 10:20 pm

weeds19The road is the crux  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006

weeds19

The long narrow drive up was the hardest part. I wished for my road bike!
Posted Sep 8, 2007 5:47 pm

keemaA quickie  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 29, 2004

keema

I was out driving around the hills and stopped at the observatories. Parked and jogged down the road and up to the fire lookout.
Posted Jan 7, 2007 4:55 am

mlarkin2002From the road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2006
Quick dayhike to the summit from the nearby road. No views ; obscured by haze and mist.
Posted Oct 19, 2006 11:03 pm

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