Santa Clara County Highpoint Trip Report

Copernicus Peak (4,360 ft)

Date: March 16, 2008
Authors: SueAnn Miller and Frank Price

Driving up from the east we were disappointed to see a large closed gate and many signs that discouraged any parking at the base of the road that leads up to the fire tower that is on Copernicus Peak just above the road. We continued on the short distance to visit the Lick Observatory and park legally on nearby Hamilton Peak and ask about permission to hike to the fire tower. Phone calls were made and we felt better about walking from the visitor center to slip under the gate and continue the short distance to our goal. We recommend asking folks in the observatory gift shop to call for permission to avoid tempting the authority figure who lives nearby.