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April 9, 2005
Fremont Peak State Park

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April 9, 2005
Fremont Peak State Park 
Day Trip
This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. Other views include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. Pine and oak woodlands in the park are home to many birds and mammals, including bobcats, coyotes, foxes and snakes. There are camping and picnic facilities in the park. The park also features an astronomical observatory with a 30-inch telescope, which is open for public programs on selected evenings. Fremont Peak Observatory is open to the public for viewing and educational programs from April through October on Saturday evenings that don't include a full moon (usually three Saturdays each month). When the summer fog rolls in from Monterey Bay and covers the lights of Hollister and Gilroy, the skies above Fremont Peak are as dark and star-filled as any place to be found within 100 miles of the San Francisco Bay area. For those members interested in staying after our hike and viewing the night skies, bring along food, water, blankets, chairs and thermoses of coffee. Some members have committed to camping over and if you would like to join them please contact our host Richard C. at 408-806-1866 or Anna J. at 408-806-7675. 


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Boat Harbor at Angel Island, June 2003, photo by Victor B.,

Getting There

Fremont Peak State Park is south of the village of San Juan Bautista at 36 46 north, 121 30 west. From Hwy. 101, about 11 miles south of Gilroy, take the eastbound Hwy. 156 exit. Go 3.0 miles, to a traffic light, and turn right onto county Hwy. G-1 (San Juan Canyon Road). After 200 yards or so the road forks, take the left fork. It then immediately forks again, this time go right. You should see a small brown sign saying "Fremont Peak State Park 11 miles." The road follows up the canyon and the winds up a ridge into the park. Drive time from San Jose is about 1 hour. Parking is four dollars, bring quarters along.

The park charges a small fee for day or night use payable in any of several drop-boxes. 

Ayala Cove, Angel Island State Park, June 2003, photo by Victor B.,

Walking the Walk
 We will meet at the upper parking lot. This hike is a level 3, four miles and a vertical climb of about 400 ft. The trails we will be starting out on are Carmen to Tony's to Cold Springs and follow the fire trail to Valley View around to Peak. Our meeting will be held at Historic mountain parking.

wooded trail, Angel Island State Park, June 2003, photo by Victor B.,


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