Stargaze at Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Incredible star gazing opportunity under the telescope domes of Lick Observatory. Check out the Milky Way and explore the Observatory. Arrive before 5pm to tour a telescope or arrive late at night to do some quality star gazing.

Hop on Road 130 heading out of San Jose and follow the winding two lane road up, up, up to to the top of Mt. Hamilton and the Lick Observatory. There are lots of deer, wild turkey, and pigs in the area. If you are lucky you will get to see a herd of deer grazing in a meadow. But be careful that you don't hit any wildlife while driving up, especially at night.

The drive up to the Lick Observatory is a phenomenal drive with switchback curves and winding roads perched right on the edge of Mt. Hamilton. I would not recommend this drive for those who suffer from motion sickness, or at least take a few motion sickness pills before starting the drive.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Jacket - it gets cold at the top of Mt. Hamilton
  • Full tank of gas - Mt. Hamilton is 50 miles from the nearest gas station, and you don't want to be stranded there
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Nice View Over The Silicon Valley

If the pollution is low you have a great view over the whole Bay Area and can make great pictures at sunset or in the night.


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