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NOT dog friendly! As with most if not all California State Parks, dogs are allowed only on paved parking areas and campgrounds. Not allowed on any trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hiking amazing views! You can easily sit up on top for hours!

Good hike, good amount of tree coverage except when you get closer to the peak, the ridge is exposed. Be careful climbing up the rocks. Views are amazing regardless if there is fog rolling in or not. Like the previous reviews.... Be careful for the poison oak.

Great hike to watch the sunset, incline in the beginning but decline on the way back! Enough tree shade, even on those hot days. Perfect trail to run as well.

Steep in spots. Views are breathtaking.

amazing uphill hike , loved it with my boyfriend we seen amazing small blue crystallized rocks, snakes , milk thistles, wild berrys and the view was so beautiful from up top . loved it!

This is a perfect evening hike the 1st 2 miles are uphill But worth the view.

Great trail for trail running/ hill workout. Not too steep and good footing.

Great little hike with kids, uphill the first 2 miles but worth the views.

excellent work out trail. it's all uphill at first and the views are amazing. historic trail.

4/2018 Update: I have come here quite a few times with my dogs now, they love it and I have never encountered any problems having them off leash. We finally finished the whole trail which is about 8 miles out and back. It’s really beautiful on the other side of the ridge, I would highly recommend it, especially in the spring. The wildflowers are wonderful and at the bottom of the incline you can look up to the high ridges and see some incredible granite formations that remind you how close you are to Pinnacles National Park. You will have to hike back up of course, but i still think it is pretty moderate.

3/2017: Nice, moderate incline hike with spectacular views. Views of Fremont's Peak and the Salinas Valley are visible from different points on the trail, which starts off as an exposed, uphill climb, but levels off around the mile and a half point with sparse but rewarding bits of shade offering some coastal oak grassland, ferns and wildflowers to boot. The surrounding hills and canyons are covered with oak. My only complaint is the faint smell of cow manure as the trail winds through cow fields, and also the wideness and condition of the trail, which is a bit torn up from vehicles and the recent rains. I only went to the second bench which is around the 2.5 mile mark, but I would like to go back and explore further. On a late Tuesday morning I passed a group of horseback riders and three other hikers, though it was very quiet otherwise. I'm sure points past the second bench offer more solitude. Plenty of parking and a port-a-potty at the trailhead, and also some signage about the history of the Anza Expedition, which this trail is a section of. Signs instruct you to keep dogs on leash, but I let my well behaved dog off around the 1 mile marker and encountered no issues, and encountered others doing the same with their friendly dogs.

Unparalleled views!

Unparalleled views!

Agree with previous reviewers. Poorly maintained trail and the ranger that hides in the bushes to give out parking tickets.

Went to the restroom after a long drive to that park and came back to a parking ticket. 8 mins max. Almost as bad as the parking ninjas at SFPD. Calm down, I said "almost."

Would not recommend.

Will not be going back.

Great workout. The first 1.5 miles is the tuffest. It is worth it to keep going. Beautiful views and something different around every corner. This was my second time Feb. 1st. It was even more beautiful with the hills being green than it was in June. I can’t wait to go back when the Dogwood trees are in bloom.

10 months ago

Really good uphill walk :) once you hike up high enough the views into the valley become very beautiful and there are more oaks on sides of trail. Really nice casual local place to get out for a walk, run , or ride.

I like Fremont peak a lot, though I am not a particular fan of the Fremont peak hike. I like doing Carmen’s trail and connecting that to cold springs trail then valley view. It’s a nice small park and is absolutely gorgeous in the spring time
With all the wildflowers. Really beautiful drive or bike up as well!

Monday, September 04, 2017

The ranger here is an absolute ass, and stopped us before we went in to give us a long list of rules. The trails are apparently NOT dog friendly, which thinking it was so friendly is the whole reason we picked this park. When we thought he was done talking, he actually stopped us and said "I'm not done yet keep listening". Total dick, ruined our time here. Would not recommend this park.

Crap. Skip this place. Poorly maintained trails, hikes that are so short you can't really call them hikes. Poison oak everywhere.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Local trail, great throughout all of the seasons. Moderately strenuous climbs in and out of the full trail. Occasional wildlife, and common sightings of livestock. Great trail!

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Very nice views once you are at the top. I hiked Valley view trail and it's a very narrow trail with tall grass and weeds. Some parts the trail is hard to spot so map on your pho e is handy. You don't have to hike this trail to get to the vista points.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Not difficult at all. It was fairly easy to me. Only gets a bit difficult once you have to climb the rocks to get to the peak stand. Be extremely careful. Overall its a nice trail for a beautiful scenery.

Dog loved it and easy enough for the whole family. Beautiful views..

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

kids had a blast

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great uphill walk, spectacular views! Never very many people there, either, which is nice.

scenic driving
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Great View from peak can see coast real good from high altitude and see the moss landing electrical plant towers as well view is a thrill..

very dependent place. We were there today 1/1/2017 (yes, new year's date). It was 38 degree, super super windy with mist. For some, it wouldn't be fun but we liked it. We felt like walking in clouds and with strong misty wind, our minds were blown. It should be a great trail on sunny day as well. Go!

A georgeous little loop that's absolutely worth the drive (which is beautiful in itself).

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Starts off steep but levels out.

trail running
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Great trail to run. 2.5 up almost 900feet. Not too steep.

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