Explore the most popular hiking trails near Milpitas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really good hike for Spring! Most of the climb is in the first 3.5 miles, and it provides an excellent, less crowded backdoor to Mission Peak. The hike down from Monument peak through the Agua Caliente Trail is a real treat, with excellent views of the city. The only downside is the trails can get quite muddy right after rains.

I enjoyed this trail on New Year's Eve with my wife and loved every bit of it. Monument Peak is a much better alternative to Mission Peak. The trail offers a nice mix of challenging climbs, some technical decents, and great views without the ridiculous crowds that you find on Mission Peak. This is by far my favorite hike in the East Bay. I recommend this trail without hesitation.

Con’s: Trail is not well marked, there’s an entrance parking fee. No shade.
Pro’s: A waterfall or two. Cows. Hillside views.

It’s a back door pond

hiking
3 months ago

Scenery: 3
Views: 4
Difficulty: 4
Crowds: 2
Shade: 2

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
3 months ago

The views are sweeping, not unlike Mission Peak, minus the crowds. The trail is meandering and goes up and down, but is almost fully exposed. The path is a mix between dirt road and hiking trails. There's a good amount of breeze to keep you cool, and both hand gliders and paragliders sailing in the sky. Entry into the park is $6. Worth it for the solitude.

My new favorite. Hard, but gorgeous and rewarding.

on Monument Peak Trail

4 months ago

Hard hike. I enjoyed watching the hang gliders. A great view! The sun was a bit rough and the flies were bad.

trail running
4 months ago

Enjoyable walk. The ascent is a straightforward grind but the descents were quite steep. Some uneven ground making the descent fairly technical. Great views both sides of Monument Peak and great light in the evening.
Watch out for ticks.
Observed: galloping horses, cows, skunk, coyote

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.

Great hike. Pretty hard at the beginning. A good variety of views over the bay. Crowded at the second peak but otherwise very nice.

hiking
7 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

Nice change of scenery to peninsula hiking that I usually do and nice way up mission peak that is significantly less traveled. I’d say drawbacks were: very exposed/ very little shade, grassy and ticks so wear pants!, lots of cow ####, and I would not do this is in the summer mainly because I think the grass would be teaming with all those pesky pricklers.

8 months ago

The downhill part of the trail (going CCW), near the golf course, was totally overgrown. We had so many ticks on our clothing! Mid May 2018.

A LOT OF WIND BUT GREAT

10 months ago

$6 entrance/parking fee. dog friendly. off leash dog park. moderately difficult trails. nice lake

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!

Wow, this hike is gorgeous! And it’s a total ass-kicker, especially the first 3.5 miles! Be prepared for inclement weather...it was hot when I parked but super windy and foggy at the higher elevation.

Good experience with a great view at the end, but definitely a hard hike for first timers. Bring plenty of water!!!

hiking
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

You need to go early in the morning there isn't any shade. The trails are not well marked

Amazing hike and great accomplishment!!! Well recommended to anyone.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

This ones a great leg workout!!!

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!

hiking
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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Great workout, strenuous and hard. Almost gave up the first time i went. Just keep yourself motivated and keep going . never quit. Bring at least 2 liters of water or more. The earlier you hike, the better.

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