Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton

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  • The road up the western side of Mt. Hamilton is a road I would rather not ever drive again. However, the view at the top was worth it. The ranger led tour of Lick Observatory was fascinating. And the ...  more »
  • We loved our journey up to and at Lick Observatory. First off, drive up carefully and in a vehicle that isn't too big. The road is curving and narrow at points and there are bikers and other drivers t...  more »
  • Historical site to watch the starry sky. Seismograph that records earthquake in modern times. Pretty hard and winding road to get there, but worth a visit.
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  • Well worth half a Saturday to visit. One lane roads with "100" switchbacks are not for the squeamish. Tour gives a very interesting history lesson. Hard to believe this event is free. Parking seems like it could quickly run out. The tour gives a very interesting historical lesson and makes you appreciate the founder. Even by modern standards the telescope is a very impressively large piece of equipment. They also offer some opportunities to sign up to actually look through the scope at night. Hard to get tickets.
  • This place is mecca for space enthusiast. The tour was very informative and they have the best people to answer anything you came across in here. Besides the drive from San Jose to observatory is really beautiful. Lots of cyclist and roads are narrow, so be careful.
  • One of my favorite spots to go to with the family. The best view of San Jose from this mountain top. The observatory is a very nice place to visit and it is free. Make sure you checkout the visiting hours because you don't want to drive all the way up this scary , butt clinching, winding, narrow, tire screeching, cliff hanging right hairpin turns required. Seriously, there is a right turn, more than 150 degrees that will make your tires squeal. My husband loves the sheet and is the only one that will drive us there. PLEASE SHARE THE ROAD WITH THE BICYCLIST!
  • Beautiful and fun drive up the hill. Views from the top are great. Tour of the telescope is excellent. Would love to book a slot to use telescope. They also have a nice souvenir shop. They have a vending machine for water and snacks. Decent parking.
  • The observatory is located on top of Mt. Hamilton with amazing view of the valley. This place is visible from South Bay but not many people come up here due to the challenging drive. Be sure to visit during the summer series in the evening to view the night sky through the telescopes.

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