Agua Caliente, Sierra Caliente and Monument Peak

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Ed R Levin County Park

Agua Caliente, Sierra Caliente and Monument Peak is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Milpitas, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,774 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

over grown

IMPORTANT: Trails are open with the exception of the Spring Valley Trail which is closed indefinitely due to a slide. Users have reported that some of the trails are over grown. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Entry fees are collected for vehicles. An out and back option that takes the Agua Caliente Trail past several hang gliding take off locations. Although steep in sections, this trail offers great views and a chance to immerse yourself into the flora and fauna.

hiking
no shade
over grown
3 days ago

Trail was great. The only drawback was there is no resting area. Couple of benches beneath trees would be a good idea. Weed was high and covering the trail between monument peak road to monument peak trail. Watch out during that part of the trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Good view, not many shades. Stay on trail . I saw people walked outside of the paved trail for pictures but be aware i saw rattle snake there

With jack... couldn’t go far because he couldn’t do much, but it looked awesome. Will come back on my own

Nice wide paved road, good for kids. Close to farm, where kids love to see cows and birds.

hiking
17 days ago

a good half day hike.

Great views of the valley and bay and the clearest I’ve ever seen. Wild flowers are still in full bloom. Very little tree cover so bring plenty of water.

Pretty awesome trail. The first half was almost entirely at an incline, sometimes was difficult on this beautiful 80deg and sunny day. Plenty of flowers and wildlife to appreciate!

hiking
1 month ago

Early in the morning it is not crowded. Some parts were pretty steep, but short in distance. If there was no fog. the view would be nice .. I guess.

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Slightly more strenuous hike, but worth it as the views for gorgeous. Rolling Green hills with wildflowers and not too crowded. You'll spend a lot of time dodging horse and cow poop along the way. Bonus: you'll see a lot of cows on the trail.

Great trail with beautiful views. Wasn't expecting how steep it got but still a great journey. Our small dog was pretty beat after and it was definitely and adventure with the cows we had to maneuver around on the trail. It kicked my Butt and I k ow we all will be ticketed out tonight and sore tomorrow.

hiking
1 month ago

Recommend spring hike. Start early to beat the sun/ heat.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Good trail but there were sections where the cows blocked the road

hiking
muddy
washed out
2 months ago

this hike would have been fine if it wasn't raining. the ground was so soft due to the horse and cattle droppings. everything was extremely slippery. I'm sure this would be much more pleasant during warmer weather.

hiking
fee
over grown
2 months ago

Great trail! Honestly amazing. Dog bitten by a rattlesnake while out here 3/6/20 though... Wouldn’t say avoid the trail but be careful with your curious little friends out there.

This was an absolutely beautiful hike. It costs 6 dollars to enter the park, but parking was ample and convenient. This is a steep hike- it is definitely on the tougher side of moderate. But the views (and very adorable baby cows) were so worth it. Today was a bit chilly and cloudy, which was perfect because there is very little tree cover. I would recommend this for early spring while the hills are green and it’s not too hot. We took the loop counter clockwise, which I would recommend as there is a short, difficult, ugly bit and it’s nice to get it out of the way sooner than later. We also saw a coyote! Highly recommend for a nice workout and beautiful nature.

Very nice trail. One of the most beautiful places in South Bay I’ve ever seen. There’s a lake at the bottom, in between the rolling hills and it feels very calm and relaxing. There’s ton of parking here inside. There was a queue of cars on the road which fooled me to park a mile outside the place, turns out it was just a queue for the toll. It’s a very underrated place, and I would recommend it to everybody. Also this trail is very safe, there’s barely any patch that is slippery due to pebbles or mud.

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