Monument Peak Trail is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Milpitas, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,290 feet Route Type: Loop

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Hours: 8am - Sunset 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.

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1 day ago

Good hike for a cloudy day. Overgrown in one section (sierra trail)

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15 days ago

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16 days ago

Every time I paused during my hike, only to admire the views behind at different elevations, it was beautiful. The scenery reminded me of Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings

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16 days ago

Great trail! Definitely bring water and sunblock as it’s exposed. There are definitely a lot of ticks and burrs out there for your dog. The trail was padlocked shut with a gate midway through, but you can easily jump over. Last part of trail is weird as the loop doesn’t exist. Great overall!

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23 days ago

Lots of parking, normally $6 but free due to COVID. Parking opens at 8am. I hiked counterclockwise and added the short extra bit to get to the peak. Total distance was 10.7 miles and took me 4 hours. Trail is mostly exposed and there were a few swarms of flies. Next time I would probably skip the very last section and cut back to the parking lot. The last part offers a final climb and descent if you want one more cardio burst before you end your hike, otherwise nothing scenic.

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23 days ago

Did this hike on April 26th 2020, started around 11a and reached the top 2p. We sat and enjoyed a serene time on the top. When we started i saw many hikers and families but as we went ahead upwards there were few. The views all along were so stunning and mesmerizing! It’s a hard hike like stated but totally worth it. I’m slow uphill so it took me 3 hrs to reach the peak. And 2 hrs downhill. Also the peak is little confusing and hard to guess - it’s basically just few rocks. Not like mission peak. But very peaceful on the top and the 360 view is beautiful. Take 2 bottles per person and snacks or food. There is no shade so it will be exhausting hiking in the sun.

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28 days ago

Such a beautiful trail with views the whole way. Very bucolic with the cows grazing and grass waving in the wind. Pretty crowded at the base, but gets quieter the deeper you get. Not much shade to speak of, so wouldn't want to go in the summer, but spring is perfect - so many wildflowers blooming.

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Really enjoyed this hike more than Mission Peak from Stanford entrance. The scenery is beautiful this time of year with the green hills and blooming flowers. It’s worth the 9.7 mile trek. Oh and I stepped on cow goop! Lol

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Great trail for spring. The peak was closed but still it has great view.

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