New Meetup: Monument Peak Hike

From: Julio M.
Sent on: Monday, April 5, 2010 12:00 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for San Francisco Bay Area Outings!

What: Monument Peak Hike

When: Saturday, April 10,[masked]:30 AM

Where:
California Avenue Caltrain Station
101 California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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.

I hope you can join us as we take this moderately strenuous hike up to this special peak!

More details are included below....

Your organizer,
- Julio M.

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Monument Peak, Apr. 10 (Saturday)
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Destination: Monument Peak, Ed R. Levin County Park
Date: April 10, 2010
Total length of hike: about 8.5 miles
Total elevation gain: 2300 feet (approx.)
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
Further information on Ed R. Levin County Park s at URL:
http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/parks/
(then follow ?Find a Park? hyperlink and find park on list)
Driving distance/time: 20 miles / 30 min. approx. each way
Cost: Mileage ($12 per car round trip )+ Park Entrance fee ($6 per car)
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation of 1-2 dollars at the end of the hike to help cover Meetup?s charge for creating his Meetup group.

Organizer: Julio (contact info below)

RAIN CANCELS.... In case of doubt, call my cell phone # (listed below) after 9 PM on the night before the hike. I will leave an outgoing message with any notices about hike cancellation due to weather.

NO NEED TO RSVP

Meet: 9:30 am at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 California Avenue,
Palo Alto (meet on platform side of parking lot near middle where
underpass is located) to carpool

10:00 am: Self-organizing carpool at Great Mall/Main Light Rail Station
Parking Lot in Milpitas (Great Mall Parkway @ Main Street, Milpitas)

10:15 am at parking lot at northwest end of Sandy Wool Lake

Estimated finish time: 3:30 PM (back at trailhead), 4:00 PM (back in Palo Alto)

bring: lunch, sunscreen, plenty of water, coat, all the usual stuff.

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 loop hike with a short segment on the Tularcitos Trail. This trail will take us to Calera Creek Trail. We will continue until the first junction where we will take a left onto Agua Caliente Trail, which will take us almost all the way to Monument Peak. At the next junction, we will follow the middle option of three options and continue on the Monument Peak Road. After a short hike on this trail, we will achieve our goal-- Monument Peak -- and admire the fine view.

For the return portion of our hike, we will follow Monument Peak Road for most of the way down from the peak. At the junction with Agua Caliente Trail, we will take a left turn onto the segment of the Agua Caliente Trail that we have not yet explored. We will continue down to the Tularcitos Trail. Taking a right turn onto this trail, a short traverse will then return us to our starting point at Sandy Wool Lake.


DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to Ed R. Levin County Park:
- 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
- We will meet at the end of the parking lot closest to lake

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

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/calendar/13088774/

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