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The hike from Ed Levin Park to Monument Peak and Mission Peak is a strenuous hike about 13 miles in total. I didn't see other hikers until I reached Mission Peak. If you want to try this route be sure to bring at least 3 liters of water and food. I went up on the Monument Peak trail and came back via the Agua Caliente trail (part of the Bay Area Ridge trail).

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no shade
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over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

This trail is nothing special. You get some nice views of the bay at the top but that’s it. Maybe it’s nicer during the winter and spring when at least the hills will be green but this time of year it was just barren and sad dirt tracks and power lines.

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no shade
1 month ago

This is a recording of a hike from the Dragon Mountain park to the Monument Peak via the Ed Levine park. The return was on the Weller Road then cutting through the Dragon Mountain park to get back to the parking. I did not see any hiker on the trail. The route was inspired by a fellow Alltrails member (Peter Thein) without whose recording it would have been difficult to stay on the trail. I would recommend to bring a lot of water with you because there's not much shade. You can use the same route to continue to the Mission Peak, something in my plan.

on Monument Peak Trail

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1 month ago

Great hike!! Definitely no shade but get ready to hike steep hills. Saw a couple of streams along the way. Make sure you bring some water! And unlike mission peak there are probably less than 60% of people on this trail!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Took the Monument Peak road all the way up to discover there was a locked gate near the summit with fencing on the sides. Although its easy enough to hop over, there should be a pedestrian walkway around it. I missed the turn where the trail splits from the road as the junction was not marked and is in a gully. The trail only becomes obvious once you climb above it, so pay attention to where you are at if using the Alltrails app. The trail is rather lightly trafficked which can seem a surprise compared to Mission Peak, I saw only about 6 hikers / joggers in my whole time on the trail. Also, carry plenty of water especially if doing this on a hot day. I started around 9.20 a finishing about 1.10 p and drank 3 liters of water and was still dehydrated. Although the morning was nice it got to around 90 F by the time I finished and the dry slopes radiate heat in the lower slopes and canyons all over making it worse. An early start is advisable.

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no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Did the hike yesterday. Started around 8:30a as the park doesn’t open until 8a. The first part was fine because cooler. As the sun came up more, the heat and sun got unbearable for me and I ended up turning back around only 0.2 miles from the summit. A few flies, not too bad. There were about 3-4 brief shady spots (and a running stream) but this is nearly a completely exposed hike. If you do this hike in the summer, I’d recommend starting earlier before the park opens. Any hike is a great hike to me but personally I didn’t like this one well enough to venture doing it again. But glad I tried it once.

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no shade
2 months ago

Fun trail overall. Great 360 views at the peak! It was a hazy day but I could see the SF skyline in the distance. Trail is well-maintained and broad, with only little overgrowth 2/3 into the (counter-clockwise) ascend (my recommended direction). Almost completely exposed to the sun, except for a few conveniently spaced patches of trees. Final mile or 2 are a bit boring and confusing for the recommended route, there might be better ways to complete the loop. Low traffic overall. Plenty cow pies. No rocky bits and overall decent traction; should work well for runners.

lots of bugs by hidden lake as expected. lots of poison oak. otherwise nice flat hike. One trail had a huge branch blocking the way, we were able to clear a path though.

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no shade
3 months ago

Monument is a more meandering trail experience than its neighbor, Mission Peak, further north. While it does have some shade, it is scarce and sorely missed during the summer months. There are two water runoffs under the shade of oaks which can be a pleasant respite. I was unable to complete the loop due to heat exhaustion at about mile 3. Serving as a reminder that hiking in the high 80s is ill-advised unless absolutely prepared.

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bugs
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over grown
4 months ago

Vera level trail

Do not trust this trail. At about mile 3, the tracks disappeared and we had to walk through knee-high bushes afraid of ticks and snakes. Luckily, we made it back on trail safely, but this trail does not exist anymore and should be removed from Alltrail.

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5 months ago

This trail was the worst among all other high elevation South Bay trails that I hiked in the past. We hiked counterclockwise, went up using Monument Peak trail and came back using Agua Caliente trail. Neither side is maintained at all. Tall weeds all over the trail going up and cow dung all over coming down. Often we wondered whether we were on the trail or not. Not many people hike these trails and thus the trail paths were overgrown by bushes. On our way coming down we got lost at one point as the trail vs. the service road sign was confusing, I would say marked wrong. Stepped on cow dung, both of us at least once. Met a young rattlesnake, luckily noticed before almost stepping on. The snake hissed and moved away rattling. I felt lucky considering traversing through weed covered narrow bushy trails for the past 3 hours. I would recommend thick trousers rather than shorts hiking this trail. I would never hike this one again. Hike safe!

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over grown
5 months ago

Bugs lots of cows not maintained trails, not crowded I was the only one up there. Dragon temple is such a treat to see outside the park.

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bugs
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over grown
5 months ago

My fiance and I completed this hike this past Saturday, June 1st of 2019! We started our hike at about 8:45 AM and finished around 4:30 PM. The weather was hot and sunny, with an average of 78 Degrees. It took us a good 7.5 hours to complete it! The trail: It was the beginning of June so the trail had 4-6 foot bushes sprinkled throughout the incline all the way up to Monument Peak. After reaching the tall tower we headed to Mission Peak, and the trail was much more enjoyable. On the way back down the trail, although there weren't any high bushes to go through. We were then hit with A LOT of cow manure... I stepped on one. This trail isn't for beginners and should be taken seriously. Food: My fiance and I brought a total of 5 liters of water, a few cliff bars, GU Bloks, pretzels, and we had lunch at Eagle Springs campgrounds where we ate spaghetti from Mountain House. Oh, and an apple! Prepare: I highly suggest bringing an adequate amount of water especially if you're doing this hike during the summer season. It gets hot. Remember to reapplying sunscreen every hour! If you're worried about water sources, there are plenty. I suggest bringing some sort of water filtration system. There are a few clean streams running through the trail so refilling shouldn't be a problem. If you don't trust the streams, then I suggest stopping by the Eagle Springs campground before descending. The campground has water running through a pumping system which I believe is coming from underground. Though it might seem like clean water, I recommend boiling, treating or filtering it. You don't want to get sick! Takeaways: I believe this trail would be best-done springtime where all the flowers are flourishing and it won't be that hot. Bring water and food. Enjoy the wonderful views; we spotted a fox and best of all, a bald eagle hanging out on one of the cell towers!

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