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Old 08-23-10, 11:53 AM   #1
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Where exatly does the "back side of Mt. Hamilton" start?

Yesterday I rode up Mt. Hamilton from the San Jose side and then dropped down the other side until I thought I was at the bottom. I got to a bridge over a dry creek in a very flat valley.

It was about 5 miles below the summit.
That 5 miles back up to the summit was tough.

http://ridewithgps.com/trips/92155

I ended up with 50 miles and 7000 feet of climbing which was all I had the time for that day.

Still, I am left with a question, did I turn around too soon to really say that I climbed the back side of Hamilton?
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I've been up that POS many times, having been initiated during the 1999 Devil Mtn Double. Everyone I know considers the backside [a$$ end?] to start right at the corral. The worst part is watching the painted mile markers on the pavement CREEP by on the way to the top! Just hurts thinking about it!

There are a couple of other ridgelines to be climbed if you heading for the Junction, but I've never heard of anyone including them in the mix. Two of them are real PITA's if you have already got 120 miles in your legs. They just add to the "joy" of the 5 mile slog to the observatory!

I think I need to go lay down now......
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..... did I turn around too soon to really say that I climbed the back side of Hamilton?
Yes, you did. It doesn't count. You'll have to do it again.
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I don't bother going to the bridge, just turn around at the corral. The backside starts right past the corral, where the road tips up.
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I highly recommend going past the bridge and doing that extended roller before turning around. It's an annoyingly steep and long roller, pre-climb climb.
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Modesto. The back side of Mount Hamilton starts in Modesto.
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you definitely did the hard part. you can go all the way to the junction of mines and del puerto canyon. or all the way to livermore if you want. but yes you did the hardest part.
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Well according to this, you definitely did not do the entire thing - he clearly is including the "roller" on the other side of that bridge.

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Modesto. The back side of Mount Hamilton starts in Modesto.
Give the boy a break. Patterson will do.
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Give the boy a break. Patterson will do.
You are both too kind. Sheesh, with friends like these, ...
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I always considered the bridge the official start (that's where I hit the lap button). But yeah, there is that annoying pre-climb extended roller prior to the bridge. I suppose the corral is pretty much the same thing as far as work put in.
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This surprises you . . . why?
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