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Fremont Peak State Park, San Juan Bautista

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Fremont Peak State Park is a state park of California, USA, encompassing the summit of 3169ft Fremont Peak. The mountain is located in the Gabilan Range between Monterey County and San Benito County, California. The park features expansive views of Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean from its hiking trails. Other vistas include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. The 162acre park was established in 1934.Natural historyPine and California oak woodlands, of the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion, cover much of the park and are home to many birds and mammals.RecreationFremont Peak State Park has hiking trails, picnic facilities and 22 campsites . Fremont Peak Day is held every April, and features a picnic and other activities.The Fremont Peak Observatory opened in 1986, and has operated every summer since, despite having battled the frequently brutal mountaintop weather. The astronomical observatory has a 30in telescope.
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  • The road up to Fremont Peak State Park is a bit steep and winding, so it is not for the faint of heart. There are signs to not bring large trailers, etc. However, it is worth the drive for those who d...  more »
  • Is the Park sees the San Francisco Airport. Enjoyed the breakfast because there is playground equipment. I think it's a perfect place to have a birthday party. Prepared cost $ 6 in parking so smoothly into Park.
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  • Great views along the way ...driving all the way up...easy to park, friendly ranger. Then a steep but short hike to the peak. Awesome view. There are trails too, but we didn't have time... 
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  • Every year you can come and see the shooting stars, just came prepared with your telescope and get ready to sse the expectacular show. And also you can enjoy the view of Salinas, Watsonville, Castroville and also you can come and see the observatory and take a chance to see the many stars from the sky.
  • Excellent views with a nice hike to the summit. There's barely any facilities up here though and the drive up to the top of the mountain is scary as crap.
  • The road getting to this park... is intense. The hike to the too from the parking lot is uphill but not bad. I enjoyed the hike and the views are AMAZING. Well worth it!
  • Great views! Perfect stargazing! Plan ahead of camping. Sites are often reserved for long stretches.
  • We went for a night hick with a full moon. Was absolutely amazing.