It just so happened that some friends mentioned a few weeks ago that they were riding Mount Hamilton on April 29th. And since that happened to be my 35th birthday, I added a note on my schedule and begged Coach to let me do the climb as part of my long ride. Lucky me, she said GO CLIMB YOUR MOUNTAIN!
As I linked to in my previous post, Mt Hamilton is the highest peak above our valley and the observatory at the top is something I've visited a few times growing up in the area. But I've never gotten to go climb the mountain on my bike so I was super excited to do that today! It's never especially steep but just a long steady climb, punctuated by a couple of short descents into beautiful valleys along the way.
|Mt Hamilton Elevation Profile (begins around the mile 7 mark, the rest was our warmup route)|
|Sara, Chris and me before the start|
|Warming up in the sunshine!|
|Everything is SUPER green after the last round of rain we had!|
|Beginning to climb up the foothills|
|First look down at the valley and we still have TONS of climbing to go|
|Going up and up and up and up|
|Another valley view|
|First peek at the peak! The little white bumps at the top of that highest peak are the domes at Lick Observatory|
|Water stop at Grant County Park - I was ridiculously hyperactive for this entire ride (good fueling!)|
|More green stuff|
|Pretty little stream I crossed over|
|The top looks so close but it's still 5 miles away! The road gets very windy with switchbacks at this point.|
|Again - SO close but still 1.5 miles of road to go!|
|I made it!!! What a FUN climb!|
|Neat to be so high that we were above this hawk.|
|One last peek back at the top of the mountain during our descent|
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes!