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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.


2 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!

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

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

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

8 months ago

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

mountain biking
9 months ago

opened and its mostly gravel. it can be congested with pedestrians depending the time of day you go (I went during lunch). I biked probably 5mi and the trail ended. there were no signs indicating where it continued.

road biking
9 months ago

You want to park at the Cottonwood Grove Entry, which is about 3/4 mile south of the Dixon Landing / N. McCarthy Blvd. intersection. From there, you can follow the paved path south until you reach the 237 underpass.

The entrance to go under 237 is not well marked. I totally missed it and had to back track. There are small openings along the fence where you can get through.

As you head further south, the trail becomes less maintained. Below Tasman Dr. you're on gravel. And once you cross under Montague Expressway, you'll come to a sign that says "Trail Ends" and I recommend that you turn around.

Overall, this trail isn't very interesting. It makes for an ok bike ride and you can continue north or west and do more biking if you want. If you head north along Fremont Blvd along the paved bay trail, you can connect to the trail that follows along Coyote Creek Lagoon (also on All Trails).

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!

9 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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A dry, mostly uncovered trail with some bugs and weeds. You get nice views of the city and the lake from above. Nice views of hang gliders taking off. Pretty tough uphills.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Monday, May 08, 2017

Hiked the trail in early May with my dog. He was *covered* in ticks (about 30 of them). Found a couple of them on myself also. I didn't see any signs warning about ticks. And some areas were completely overgrown with unavoidable thorny brush. It was painful.

I would not suggest this trail. Definitely don't take your dog here.

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, April 02, 2017

-Beautiful view
-Moderate trail(be careful of the muddy patches due to recent rains)
-Very good trail for bird lovers
-Mostly no shade, so, try to start early in the day

on Monument Peak Trail

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.

trail running
Monday, March 06, 2017

Rather crowded but mostly cows not really in a hurry to clear the trail. Very nice run up and down under the fog. If you park at the county park please note that it only opens at 8:00 and that line can be long.

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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A nice steady climb. Not that many people. Hang gliders, wild turkeys, great views. It was a great day! Ill go back to climb up to monument peak.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Great trail with diverse landscapes. It was a cloudy day so I couldn't enjoy the view of the bay, but the last part of the trail was above the cloud ceiling (approx. 2100 ft).
Take a few extra steps at the top to climb Monument Peak, the view of the hills on the other side is worth it.

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

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Payment of $6 dollars due on entering the park but it's worth it. We did the Agua Caliente Trail and really enjoyed it. Great for beginners and dogs too. Views of the bay are amazing on a clear day. Light foot traffic and we had cell coverage the whole time which is good to have in case of an emergency. Watching the people paragliding was a bonus.

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