Monument Peak Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Milpitas, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A beautiful and challenging hike up to the summit of Monument Peak. If you are looking for a memorable adventure, this hike is for you. Watch out for soaring hang gliders, as you take in stunning views of the valley and the Bay Area. Bring water and sunscreen, as this hike can get hot. Connect the Agua Caliente trail to Monument Peak Trail , After Summiting return via the Agua Caliente trail and Calera Creek Trail.
One of the best trails in bay area. Much less crowed even on weekends. Apart from great views of bay area we also saw several gliders and parasailing jumps :)
Challenging hike, bring water. Lots of great views and other trails to veer off to. There were very few people on a Sunday afternoon.
It was great!! Not busy at all nice place to hike.
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.
Tough hike for summer. Start early and pack enough water. Definitely worth doing!!
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.
no people, good time
Great hike.. A bit lonely though.. Loved it
Loved this hike. Moderate difficulty. Beautiful views. Windy up top! Pretty well marked, but maps are free, so why not?
Very pleasant hiking area with not too many people. The climb is quite significant (about 2,000 feet). Dogs on leash are permitted. No water or restrooms on the trail. Signage is good (on this trail only). Cattle, snakes, and even mountain lions may be present. Note that the mileage is one-way. The full hike is about 8.5 miles. It is possible to come down on other trails but signage can be poor. Only a few spots have cell coverage and that is weak. There are a couple of small creeks to wade but they are generally not significant.
A fine hike. "Too hot" in summer, but a fine day out in when "in season". Excellent views from the final summit over into Sunol area, etc. A mentioned elsewhere; yes, grab a map at the trailhead. Signs, trails and fire roads are maintained well enough, IMO.
Did this trail a few months ago, it was a nice hike, the route we took gave us the opportunity to have some nice inclines and descents.. Would do it again.
100degree，sunnyday meet only one guy，rare shadow, the air breath in is hot than out. Feel quite challenge, especially last .5mile to peak.
This hike is relentlessly in the sun with two or three shaded areas to walk through. Take lots of water, be prepared for steep inclines, watch for snakes, and it will be very rewarding when you get to the top. Beautiful views of the valley and bay.
Pick up a trail map at the beginning - the trails can get confusing at spots. Enjoy!
I must say that if you follow this track, you would not really arrive at monument peak, it is some unknown peak, unfortunately we found out too late, already on our way to Mt. Allison.