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“Hike to the peak at Freemont Peak State Park” 5 of 5 stars
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Fremont Peak State Park
San Juan Bautista, CA
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Activities: Hiking, Birdwatching
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Owner description: The hilly terrain of this park provides a serene setting for hiking and other outdoor activities.
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“Hike to the peak at Freemont Peak State Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

It's a bit of a drive (11 miles) from San Juan Bautista to the park, but it's a pleasant drive past a few horse ranches and farms.

Once you reach the park be prepared to self-pay by putting money into the envelope and writing your car information on it. The envelopes are there, but no pen, and you need the exact amount ($6.00 for a car, $5 if you're over 62 years old).

The hike to the peak isn't very strenuous, but there are a couple of short spots at the end where you need to use caution as you'll be climbing over rocks which can be a bit slippery. Watch for the shiny quartz rocks - those are the slippery ones. The hike up and back takes about 45-60 minutes.

We also did the valley view trail, another 45 minutes, and also a fairly easy walk. Not much to see, but it's a nice walk through the trees.

There are a couple of more trails, but we didn't do them as it was getting late. If you want to walk all 4 trails plan on about 3 or 4 hours.

Take water and a picnic lunch - make a day of it. Great views from the top of the peak.

Watch out for poison oak - it's all over the place.

Visited January 2012
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“Great value!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

Our review: If you don't like to rough it, and I mean really rough it, then go ahead and come here. But if you like a clean bathroom and shower each day, don't come! Overgrown with weeds and flies everywhere. No one in sight. Quite possibly the hardest place to get here on planet earth. Will only return if the Zombies attack because this is the last place the zombies would ever come!

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“Where Mexican California Almost Became a US State”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2002

Locted 11 miles up a steep hilly two-lane road, Fremont Peak State park offers miles of views, stretching from California's Central Valley inland, all the way west to the far blue Pacific where it meets the horizon. Hawks, deer, fox and raccoons, make up the wildlife at this California State Park, located just a short drive outside tiny, historic San Juan Bautista. It was at this 3,169' peak that young Brevet Captain and cartographer, John C. Fremont in 1846 held off the Mexican army garrisoned at San Juan Bautista and ran up the American flag, claiming the area for the United States of America. His problem was, Mexico wasn't quite ready to cede the territory and wouldn't be doing so for more than another year. After some diplomatic wrangling between Commandante Castro of the Mexican forces and John Larkin, US Consul at Monterey, Fremont was persuaded to come down the hill and quietly depart, retreating as he put it "slowly and growlingly" with his small band of men over Pacheco Pass into the Central Valley. Today a lone flagpole flying the Stars and Stripess sits atop the boulder-strewn peak, along with an historic marker pointing out the spot where Fremont's brazen deed was done. Here, besides hiking and camping, an observatory is seasonally open. Vistas in winter can stretch eastward all the way to the snow capped sierra. For more information on things to see and do in the area, visit my website. by Elizabeth Barratt

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