Monument Peak Trail

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Monument Peak Trail is a 9.7 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.

9.7 miles
2,463 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.

2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike. I took my grandchildren on this trail. We did not do the whole trail but enjoyed what we did do.

2 months ago

moderate level hike. not much to say about the scene if you have done hikes like mt. diablo etc. the climb up is easy except for 203 sections of 500yards where there is an incline. mostly exposed to sun and not much special features. view from peak covers the lower bay. nothing spectacular, depending on the temparature on the day hike can go from moderate to hard. we had a group of six hiking starting at 8am ( gates open at 8 so be prepared to wait or park more than a mile back and hike, not worth). heat ramped up spectacularly by 12 and the exposed nature of the hike makes it an endurance hike, trail markers can be confusing for some. in summary a one time doable. cant say the same for repeat hikes

5 months ago


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!

7 months 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.

8 months ago

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

10 months ago

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11 months ago

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

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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!

Friday, August 04, 2017

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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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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.

trail running
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.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Tough hike for summer. Start early and pack enough water. Definitely worth doing!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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.

paddle sports
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

no people, good time

Monday, January 18, 2016

Great hike.. A bit lonely though.. Loved it

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Loved this hike. Moderate difficulty. Beautiful views. Windy up top! Pretty well marked, but maps are free, so why not?

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