Welcome to Ed R. Levin County Park, one of Santa Clara County's most unique regional park and recreation areas. This 1,541-acre park combines the traditional features of an urban park such as picnicking, fishing and play areas, with the complex trail system of many regional wilderness parks. Ed Levin's expansive lawn areas make it an ideal spot for family outings, while the rolling grasslands and Oak woodlands are available to visitors looking for a back-to-nature experience. The park's Monument Peak provides a spectacular view of the valley floor and the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy your visit, and return often to enjoy the many unique aspects of Ed R. Levin County Park. Also featured at the park is an expansive off-leash dog park for large and small dogs alike! Owned and operated by the City of Milpitas this dog park is one of the most popular features in Ed Levin County Park. Dogs are also allowed on-leash in parking lots, picnic areas, and all trails north of Calaveras Road.
Less foot traffic than Mission Peak, so cows not as friendly but I have never had a problem with the creatures as I respect their territory. I pack in plenty of water, food, shelter (hat, scarf, jacket) hike over to Mission Peak. A little more shade than Mr, but main concern was moving along. Once you get away from dog park and pond, serene and peaceful with wind and critters - blue bellied lizards, snakes, spiders, soaring vultures etc
Two of my friends and I did this hike on a hot summer day a couple days after Pokemon Go was released in the US.
The hike took us about 5 hours, but probably would've taken 3.5 if we hadn't stopped for lunch or every single Pokemon we encountered. There are about half a dozen pokestops along the way, 1 gym and a couple dozen pokemon. The internet connection with T-mobile is subpar, but sufficient enough to track the distance walked, enabling me to hatch a 10km egg. :)
The hike was simple, to the point, and enjoyable. It was fatiguing, but not killing. Short vertical stretches caused my calves and quads to burn, but it wasn't too difficult to power through. Most of the road was bare and completely exposed to the sun, but small forested sections were dispersed along the way to provide relief and a place to catch my breath. It's important to warn the reader that there is a significant amount of horse poop along the way, so it is very likely to be stepped on. On the bright side (no pun intended), the sun dries out the poop very quickly. The views were decent and nice, but not necessary breathtaking.
The hills look like humps on a giant being of some sort. The short golden grass creates a fuzz like appearance, and gives a sense the helms and sense of life. An interesting observation is that most of the trees lie in the troughs between the helms, and this is because that's where water naturally flows to when it rains. Not mind-boggling, but worth taking note of.
Overall, it is a pleasant, simple, short hike that is not too far from the city. If you have a free afternoon you'd like to spend outdoors, and are located somewhere in the bay area, do take this one into consideration.
Peter E. on Monument Peak Trail
Great hike and a good leg workout! Would suggest doing it in the winter, spring or fall lol nice breeze to start but gets very hot.
Fun, uncrowded hike. The descent down off of the top passes through cattle range, so watch out for cow poop. The descent is also very grassy, so make sure you've sprayed your exposed ankles with bug spray to keep the ticks - and by extension Limes Disease - away.