Monument Peak Hike

  • March 9, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Hello All,

Monument Peak is one of the striking peaks looming over Silicon Valley and offers spectacular views of our area. This peak is the second peak to the south of better known Mission Peak. We will hike to this peak by starting from Ed R. Levin County Park to the east of Milpitas.

With a hike length of 9 miles and a total elevation gain of 2100 feet, our hike will be at the upper end of our usual intermediate level. Please consider your physical condition and make sure you are able to handle an intermediate-level hike with significant altitude gain. *More details are listed below.*

SUMMARY OF KEY TIMES and LOCATIONS (details below):
9:30 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto: PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.


9:45 AM: 2505 Samaritan Drive Parking Lot, San Jose:
SOUTH BAY CARPOOL POINT.


10:30 AM: Sandy Wool Lake Parking Lot, Ed Levin County Park
*STARTING POINT OF HIKE *


5:00 PM: Back at trailhead: ESTIMATED FINISH TIME

* Optional dinner in the area after the hike.

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination. Going to the designated carpool points in Palo Alto and South Bay is an easy and quick way to get into a carpool. No prearrangement of carpools needed. BEFORE SEEKING CARPOOLS FROM OTHER LOCATIONS, PLEASE SEE DETAILED COMMENTS ABOUT CARPOOLING BELOW.

RAIN CANCELS.... If the weather forecast looks uncertain for the time of the hike, I will send out an e-mail and leave an outgoing message on my cell phone (# listed below) with the latest hike status information posted by 9 PM on the night before the hike.

* FURTHER DETAILS POSTED BELOW*

I hope you can join us....

Your Organizer,
Julio M.

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Monument Peak Hike, Mar. 9, 2013 – Sat.
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DESTINATION: Monument Peak, Ed R. Levin County Park
DATE: March 9, 2013 (Saturday)
TOTAL LENGTH OF HIKE: 9 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 2100 feet
Further information on Ed Levin County Park at URL:
http://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Ride%20Here/Pages/Ed-Levin-County-Park.aspx

DRIVING DISTANCE/ TIME FROM PALO ALTO: 20 miles / 30 min. approx. each way.

COST: Park Entry Fee ($6.00) + Mileage (Totals from Palo Alto: $20 per car to be split among carpoolers; From South Bay Carpool Point: $20 per car to be split among carpoolers).
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation (suggested amount 4 dollars) at the end of the hike to help support the Meetup group.

ORGANIZER: Julio M. (contact info at end of description)

RAIN CANCELS.... If the weather forecast looks uncertain for the time of the hike, I will send out an e-mail and leave an outgoing message on my cell phone (# listed below) with the latest hike status information posted by 9 PM on the night before the hike.

RSVP REQUESTED

CARPOOLING:
1. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination.

2. As usual, CARPOOLS DEPARTING FROM THE DESIGNATED CARPOOL POINTS ARE NOT GENERALLY PREARRANGED and are formed at the carpool location on the morning of the hike. So you can just show up and take it from there! This has worked fine every time. See the official carpool point meeting location(s) and time(s) below.

3. If you prefer to pre-arrange a carpool from areas not near the designated carpool point(s), PLEASE *DO NOT POST COMMENTS* TO THE WHOLE MEETUP GROUP TO PRE-ARRANGE CARPOOLS. Such postings lead to too much e-mail traffic on the list, and we have had lots of complaints. INSTEAD, PLEASE INCLUDE A NOTE IN YOUR RSVP INDICATING IF YOU NEED A RIDE, CAN OFFER A RIDE, OR BOTH AND FROM WHAT CITY (FOR EXAMPLE: “CAN RIDE OR DRIVE, MENLO PARK”). Then contact drivers or riders directly through the person’s profile or otherwise. Thanks!

MEETING TIMES and LOCATIONS:
9:30 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto (meet at Calif. Ave. entrance to parking lot): PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.
Google Map of location: http://g.co/maps/wq6yv
NOTE: Organizer will be at this carpool point

9:45 AM: 2505 Samaritan Drive Parking Lot, San Jose
[near intersection of Highway 85 and Los Gatos Boulevard]. This site will serve as our SOUTH BAY CARPOOL POINT. MEET NEAR
large 2505 Samaritan Drive sign at parking lot entrance. This is a self- organizing carpool location as the hike organizer will not be at this carpool point.
Google Map of meeting point location: http://goo.gl/maps/ZTqIg

10:30 AM Sandy Wool Lake Parking Lot (at northwest end of lake), Ed Levin County Park (HIKE STARTING POINT). Meet at end of
parking lot closest to lake.

ESTIMATED FINISH TIME: 5:00 PM (back at trailhead)

* OPTIONAL DINNER IN THE AREA after the hike.

BRING: sunscreen, coat, plenty of water, lunch, hiking boots or rugged walking shoes, all the usual stuff

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
Monument Peak is one of the striking peaks looming over Silicon Valley and offers spectacular views of our area. This peak is the second peak to the south of better known Mission Peak. We will hike to this peak by starting from Ed R. Levin County Park to the east of Milpitas.

We will begin our counterclockwise loop hike on the Tularcitos Trail. This trail will take us to Agua Caliente Trail. The Monument Peak Trail will take us to the summit, and the hike on this trail will allow us to achieve our goal – Monument Peak-- and admire the fine view.

For the return portion of our hike, we will follow the Bay Ridge Trail down to the Agua Caliente Trail. The Agua Caliente Trail will then lead us to the Calera Creek Trail, and a short segment on the Monument Peak Road trail will take us back to our starting point at Sandy Wool Lake.

* OPTIONAL DINNER IN THE AREA after the hike.


DIRECTIONS to Ed Levin County Park from Palo Alto.
Google Map showing route: http://goo.gl/maps/kxC2v
- Take Highway 101 SOUTH towards SAN JOSE
- Take the exit onto CA-237 E toward Alviso/Milpitas
- CA-237 becomes East Calaveras Road
- Turn left at Downing Road
- After passing Sandy Wool Lake (which will be on your right), enter parking lot on the right (parking lot at northwest end of lake).
MEETING POINT: We will meet at the end of the parking lot closest to lake


DIRECTIONS to Ed Levin County Park from South Bay Carpool Point.
Google Map showing route: http://goo.gl/maps/5MO7S

Trip Organizer:
Julio M.
jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com
On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594
Find out about coming hikes at my meetup.com group:
http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/

 

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  • Auri

    Hiking in lush green hills w/ wildflowers & sweeping views. Fantastic day + a fun evening afterwards (dinner / dessert.)

    March 15, 2013

  • Gina

    A perfect day

    March 10, 2013

  • Ranjan

    First hike meetup with the group. Had a great time. :).

    March 10, 2013

  • Camellia

    Beautiful views!

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Hari

    Is anyone at the cal ave station?

    March 9, 2013

  • Sach

    got to be at work :-(

    March 8, 2013

  • Eric E

    Coming from Santa Clara. Would anyone be interested in a "Cheapskater" carpool from somewhere on Calaveras? It wouldn't save much driving but it would split up the parking fee.

    March 7, 2013

    • Olivia

      If you mean Calaveras in Milpitas as my map tells me then I'm with you to save on the parking fee!

      March 8, 2013

    • Eric E

      Ok, I'm in. I will see you guys at Starbucks.

      March 8, 2013

  • Denise

    Julio - sorry, need to finish earlier than 5 pm

    March 8, 2013

  • Robert L

    Hi, does the hike start at 9:30 or 10:30?

    March 8, 2013

    • Eric E

      It's is clear from the text that 9:30 is @ Palo Alto carpool and 10:30 is the actual start time at the trail head. (Also the Palo Alto carpool time is almost always 9:30am. Time at the trail head is much more variable)

      March 8, 2013

  • Auri

    Perfect time of the year and perfect weather (sunny 60s) for this park / hike. Looking forward to it.

    March 8, 2013

  • Robert L

    It's still lists as 9:30 on front page

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone driving from SF or able to pick up a passenger from a BART station?

    March 8, 2013

  • Mhyke

    A bit too strenuous for me.

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time do you think we will be at the hike starting point/parking lot at Ed Levin Park?

    March 5, 2013

  • Tommy K.

    Back in LA at this date.

    March 5, 2013

  • Frank

    Location, distance, elevation???

    March 4, 2013

  • Gina

    New territory for me .. I await the goodness ...

    March 4, 2013

  • charmon a.

    I am considering joining in but live in San Jose not far from Ed Levin and will wait for more information before officially signing up.
    Thanks

    March 3, 2013

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