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Monument Peak Summit Out and Back

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This hike takes a combination of trails including the steep Horse Haven Trail to Monument Peak and back.


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9.8

Miles

15.9

KM

Out and Back

2,590' 790 m

High

384' 117 m

Low

2,491' 759 m

Up

2,492' 759 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This hike is a great mixture of steep singletrack and relaxing doubletrack. With the steep sections, you are able to leave the crowds behind you and enjoy the peaceful beauty of rolling grassy hills with cows, birds, and maybe even some coyotes.

Need to Know

Recent rainfall will make parts of the trail muddy and slippery. Use the Peak Trail instead of the Peak Meadow Trail if it's rained within the last few days.

Description

Start at the Stanford Avenue Staging Area and follow the crowds for about 1000 ft on the Hidden Valley Trail. This one is popular, but you'll soon branch off onto the Peak Meadow Trail. Stay right at the next junction to follow the Horse Haven Trail, which will lead through a short section downhill through a stand of eucalyptus trees. Follow the well marked Horse Haven Trail all the way up to its junction with the Bay Area Ridge Trail, which will again lead to the right instead of heading up Mission Peak on your left. This is the hardest part of the hike—from here, it's an easy trail with little ups and downs. At the top of this exposed and sunny trail, make a sharp right turn onto the Monument Peak Summit Trail, which quickly leads to the summit.

Once you've enjoyed the views, simply retrace your steps to return to the trailhead.

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Stefan D.

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Photos

South Bay with smoke
Jan 15, 2018 near Milpitas, CA
Sunset behind San Francisco as seen from Mission Peak in mid-August.
Aug 15, 2016 near Milpitas, CA
This is the ongoing view from the trail looking over the South Bay.
Jul 6, 2017 near Milpitas, CA
Mission Peak via Horse Haven... almost there
Dec 4, 2017 near Milpitas, CA
Hiking the ridgeline with big sky views.
Mar 4, 2016 near Milpitas, CA
The dry side of Mission Peak, as seen from the Horse Haven Trail.
Mar 1, 2016 near Milpitas, CA

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May 10, 2020
A C
6.8mi — 1h 36m
Feb 2, 2019
Corey B
did not summit. good solitude on side trails. main mission ok trail has way too many people. swarms of people at most times of day. 7mi
Oct 21, 2018
Slobodan Miskovic
6.7mi