A ride through Mount Hamilton is a fantastic way to soak in some of San Jose's panoramic views. The route will take you through some of the city's most beautiful neighborhoods and allow you to get a good workout.
The 35.9-mile out-and-back trail is generally considered a challenging route. The whole trip up to the summit takes an average of 15 hours and 29 minutes to complete. So you'd need to bring lots of snacks and water or stop at Caffe Frascati for a coffee or quick meal before starting your ride to ensure you have the energy to make it to the top.
The Lick Observatory, located on the summit of Mount Hamilton, is the goal, but the journey outshines the destination. Make sure to enjoy yourself while taking a ride. Short walks are also available at the mountain.
You can explore the surrounding area, including hiking trails and parks, on your way up. There are also some great restaurants along the way if you need to take a break and refill. We recommend:
- Mount Hamilton Grandview Restaurant
Pizza My Heart
Evergreen Inn and Pub
Once you've reached the summit, enjoy the picturesque views of the city of San Jose and take some pictures. Also, check out the Lick Observatory before heading back down.
No matter your level of biking experience, Mount Hamilton is a perfect option for a day out.