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My favorite Bay Area parks
My favorite Bay Area hikes(Note: the season makes a difference - summer and fall are usually the worst times)
This hike is about 16kms by the Bay Area Ridge trail via Monument Peak and Mt Allison. From Levin Park one can take either Agua Caliente trail or Monument Peak trail. Eventually they join on a hill marked by a very high tv tower. It takes about two hours to reach this tower. Follow the sign for Bay Area Ridge Trail (you may have to jump a gate that seems to be always locked). The trail goes to the right of Mt Allison and (after another gate) leads up Mission Peak. It takes about 3 hours to the top of Mission Peak. The rest of the way is steep downhill towards the Stanford Ave parking lot in Fremont.
Ed Levin park trailhead: take 237 east and continue on Calaveras Rd when 237 ends (past 680). Turn left on Downing Rd into the park. Drive as far as you can into the park. That is the Tularcitos trailhead.
Directions to Sunol Park: take the Calaveras Rd exit off I-680,
go east on Calaveras Rd, turn sort of left into Geary Road, pay at the ranger station (get a map!), then park.
If you are coming from San Francisco, the easiest route is probably 580 to 680 south.
After parking, look for the Ohlone Wilderness trail: that is the trail that connects with the one coming from Mission Peak.
|Long-distance hikers start from the Entrance on this side||Short-distance hikers start from the Entrance on this side|
(A regional trail also leads from Mission Peak 3 km south to Monument Peak, then on into Ed Levin County Park in Santa Clara county).
Start from the Trudeau Center on Skyline Blvd & Crestmont Dr. Public transportation: http://www.transitandtrails.org/trailheads/261/ From there take the Golden Spike Trail Of Redwood Park to the Mac Donald Trail and Brandon Trail of Anthony Chabot Park, loop around the lake, picnic by the lake, and go back.