Ascent of Hawk Hill on 2014-05-02

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hawk Hill
    Elevation:920 ft / 280 m

Ascent Trip Report

After living in Berkeley for over 50 years and having hiked often in the GGNRA and Marin Headlands, it wasn't until today that I finally bagged Hawk Hill. It affords great views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Headlands. It is accessed off U. S 101 at the north end of the G.G. Bridge via the first exit at Alexander Avenue, then soon taking a right turn on Conzelman Road. After approx 1.75 miles there is roadside parking for Hawk Hill, just before Conzelman heads steeply one-way downhill. A short, moderately steep walk on the old gated road leads in 1/4+ mile to the top of the outlook. After several very hot, sunny, clear days, I was disappointed to find today's weather had changed quickly and the area was shrouded in a fog zone. Intermittent views of the G.G. Bridge, San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands gave a tantalizing idea of the great vistas that are possible from atop Hawk Hill on a clear day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Abandoned paved road
    Trailhead:Conzelman Road  800 ft / 243 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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