That is Mt. Hamilton Road that goes from Alum Rock Park (the closed entrance) to the summit where the Lick Observatory is. I just took my daughters up there yesterday. One hour to go 24 miles. A taste of Dramamine is in order for those who get motion sick. The observatory itself is a stunning piece of architecture as well as an amazing engineering work for the date it was built. Did ja know James Lick was responsible for Ghiradelli coming to SF?
San Jose is beautiful in November. And going south, Gilroy and points east heading over towards Modesto and Yosemite is a very nice drive that time of year. Assuming we get no early rain storms.
I have heard stories about selectively enforced tripod regulations in SF. They don't seem to like them down in the Union Square area.
I would also recommend a catamaran ride out under the GG if the chop and swells aren't too high.
tim in san jose