I'd say that the west side of Mt Hamilton is a bit tougher - it's not as steep but significantly longer than Diablo. I'd guess the east side is steeper than Diablo, but just to get to that starting point is a good ride. As others have and will mention, there are lots of tougher rides in the Bay area. Bolhman is the toughest I've tried.BillyGoat said:
Hamilton is not that hard of a ride. It's long at 20 miles, but it's never steep. I think Diablo is harder from both sides, and the last 100 meter stretch at 18% or whatever it is really puts the sting in the tail.BillyGoat said:
Hicks is steep, but not that steep. I did it today and the south side registered at a grade of 8.9% (starting at the cattle gate) and the north side at 11%(starting at the hairpin turn after Guadalupe creek). Granted, these are averages, and there are some pitches that are steeper, but both are tough. These numbers were taken from my Polar 720i, so they may not be scientifically accurate.smw said:I did Hamilton last weekend, long climb but pretty gradual. The top was a bit steeper, and the cold temps at the top made the muscles a bit sore. I do Hicks one a week, short but very steep, I think about 18-19% or so. Its a 20 mile ride round trip from my house.