Monument Peak Trail

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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.

10.0 miles
2381 feet

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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.

Breathtaking views, really light traffic once you get away from the trail heads. It’s definitely one of the hardest trails I’ve ever done, but also one I’ll never forget. Plenty of cute cows will stare at you as you make your way to the top, so prepare to have you heart stolen. Piece of advice though? Mind their poop!

1 month ago

Great workout on Christmas day -- perfect sunny temps, lots of bovine friends -- highly recommended. Will definitely plan on connecting to Mission Peak next time.

2 months ago

The best work out you can get with Beautiful views!!

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

This is a nice alternative to mission peak. The ascent is very gradual. Offers great views.

6 months ago

We went up Agua Caliente to the top, and came down on some smaller unnamed trails. About 9 miles total.

Dry trail with mostly brown grass to you keep you company. Pretty up straight up at a gradual elevation, so it gets you up without being too tiring.

Decent valley views from the top, but nothing too spectacular. The creek with some trees at the mid-point is a nice break, but otherwise it's a pretty dull hike for summer times. I'm guessing Spring and Winter are more fun, and plan to find out some day!

6 months ago

Had completed a 8.2 mile loop of this difficult hike with ~2000 feet elev gain starting from Tularcitos trail near the dog park in Ed Levin park. The loop comprised of Tularcitos trail - Agua Caliente trail - Monument Peak trail on the way out and Monument Peak Road - Agua Caliente trail - Tularcitos trail on the return. With some outstanding views, this hike is an option to the highly trafficked Mission Peak.

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8 months ago

Beautiful open vistas. Check for tics after walk and keep alert for rattle snakes. Start early in day!

9 months ago

great day to go out and see the mystery walls. after all thus rain, the flowers were overgrown. Glad not to do this hike in the summer heat.

10 months ago

11 months ago

It was a very beautiful hike and Less crowded . It's not clearly marked . So we ended up taking a longer route than what we had planned . The view from the top was amazing . You can see ppl paragliding. Overall the hike was worth the views.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

High quality run : long ascend, very technical - because of slope, mud and chaotic ground left by the local cows.

Friday, December 23, 2016

tough but defently worth it

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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

Monday, September 19, 2016


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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 :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Challenging hike, bring water. Lots of great views and other trails to veer off to. There were very few people on a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

It was great!! Not busy at all nice place to hike.

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