Monument Peak Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Milpitas, California 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.
It is a long hike but did not seem to be very tough on the legs. Views of the mountains, valley and the bay are beautiful and can be seen through out the hike. You will get to see a lot of cows grazing on the trail, there were times where we had to go off the trial to not disturb them :). We went for the hike after the rain so the trail was a bit damp.
High quality run : long ascend, very technical - because of slope, mud and chaotic ground left by the local cows.
tough but defently worth it
Great trail distance if you want to challenge yourself this hike can goes to Mission Peak and more. 30 miles easy. I were hiking with my kids 6 - 14 yrs yesterday spent over 8 hrs hiked to the monument peak summit and looked for East Bay Rock Wall. Great explore and we think we have solved the mystery behind the wall
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!!