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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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  • Located at the top of an 11 mile drive above the popular Mission San Juan Bautista, Fremont Peak State Park is a popular destination for star gazers and astronomy buffs. The park features some easy to...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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...  more »
  • Quiet, often breezy. This was our fourth visit to Fremont Peak. Hopefully that indicates to the reader that we enjoy the park. Keep in mind that we live nearly 300 miles away and it is no small task to get there. Expect it to take a long time to travel the 11 miles to the park from San Juan Bautista along a road with sharp switchback turns not advisable for any but the smallest RV. If you do bring a tall camper rig or pop-up, use extreme care if you back into space 18 due to a low hanging branch that can damage the roof. Also expect that you will see spectacular vistas if the air is clear. Vault toilets - the one next to space 17 has a nicely tiled floor but did not appear to be recently mopped. It was however, stocked with the essentials. Valley View trail appeared to be somewhat overgrown but passable. The trails that lead to the peak are popular for the family hiker and the view at the top is worth the effort. As always, watch out for Poison Oak. Water is available and tastes OK. Reserve if you have time, but there always seems to be a space available if not the ideal one on the day of the stargazing event when the park could be fully booked. Doe Flats is a group camping area nearby but may be hard to locate due to the small size of the sign next to a dirt road across from the park entrance.
  • Beautiful Park, long drive up a narrow road. Camp sites are nice but very close to your neighbors. Go during the week and you might just be the only one on the mountain.
  • Park was good. Very windy. Campsites are very small and very close to each other. Trails are not many but good.
  • Great camping for the family. The peak is a quick and easy hike that provides an amazing view. Running water and pit toilets make for a fairly civilized camping experience.
  • Very nice and family friendly. Greats views. Nice for hiking with the family.

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