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Mt Hamilton Road Rocks (archive)

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Posted by EC on November 09, 1998 at 20:01:50:

In Reply to: Re: Bay Area M3 drivers... posted by [email protected] on November 09, 1998 at 19:00:25:

I second the Mt. Hamilton Road vote, however, it's not quite as described here.

Take Alum Rock Road from 101 or 680 East into the hills. About 1.5 miles east of 680 is a sign for Mt. Hamilton Road. You can only turn right. It's called State Hwy 130 I believe.

The first couple of miles will give you a good feeling for what to expect, but homes are fairly regular at this point, so you might want to hold the speeds down less you tag someone backing out of their driveway.

Within a few miles, though, you're in the boonies (yet only minutes from downtown San Jose). Hwy 130 is a nice two lane that varies from 15-20mph switch-backs to 100+mph straight aways. The road is in fairly good condition except after its been hit with whether (when there will be gravel at some of the corners).

I believe it's about 20 miles to the Lick Observatory at the top of Mount Hamilton. You'll climb like 4000 feet (don't go when it's storming -- 130 is closed to non-residents when it snows). At the top, you can head down the east side towards Pleasanton.

It's a great drive. The second time you go, take your wife or girlfriend or family and tour the observatorey (built around the turn of the century).

95 325is

: I assume you've tried hwy 9 from saratoga all the
: way into Boulder Creek and into Santa Cruz.

: Two more - check out Alum Rock road all the way
: up to the observatory. Lastly, check out
: San Jose Soquel road off Summit that takes you
: down into Capitola. While you're there, drop in
: and say "hi" (I'm in Capitola).

: : Does any Bay Area M3 drivers know a safe, fun, and exciting "backroad" to test out the potential of the M3 (other than hwy 1)? I'm getting bored driving my SC M3 on the freeway day in and day out. Thanks!

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