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“Great views of Moss Landing and Hollister” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fremont Peak State Park

Fremont Peak State Park
San Juan Bautista, CA
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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.
Hollister, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great views of Moss Landing and Hollister”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Hike is moderate, not wheelchair accessible up to the peak.

Trails are maintained and free of litter.

You can see the Monterey Bay from the top and all of the surrounding vallys and farmlands

Visited July 2013
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Aptos, California
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10 attraction reviews
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“Pit toilet camping, nice observatory”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We went to this campground for the special observatory events where members of the Fremont Peak Observatory Club set up multiple observation telescopes to share viewing of the galaxy with the public. The members are very nice and accommodating, giving both children and adults a great opportunity to learn and see more about the various star systems and satellites. We viewed the sun where there were very few people there, and went back at night when it was very crowded. We enjoyed both of those events, even if it was a bit unorganized compared to what we had expected (we missed the lecture because it was unannounced and too crowded in the small room when we did find it). We were a bit more disappointed with the campground in general, as the pit toilets were pretty gross and seemed to need more chemicals in them. We had a beautiful site, but avoid the handicap site unless it is extremely necessary...it is actually on the path to the bathroom, and you will feel very awkward camping on the path to the restroom (I mean actually ON THE PATH...that is where you sit and the path is between your tent and the table and fire pit.) We were not allowed to have fires due to high fire danger, but we had fun otherwise. We were glad to have visited, but probably will not go back.
If you are interested in the observatory programs, check the website, as they are only on certain nights. There is great star-gazing on your own anytime it is not too cloudy.

Visited October 2013
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Lompoc, California
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“Lovely ride, lovely views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

On a recent trip to the Montery Peninsula, my husband and I took a side trip to this park. Its a winding road going there, but the scenery is lovely. At the top are beautiful views, a picnic area with plenty of tables, and a campground. Although we did'nt camp there, I can see where is would be pretty, breezy and quiet.
A plaque at the top explains the history of the park, and from what we heard, on certain Saturdays the observatory is open for viewing the stars after dark.
If interested pick up a folder at the State Park office in San Juan Bautista, whick is on the way to the park. I've also written a review on it and it is definitely worth seeing. See "San Juan Bautista State Historical Park, San Juan Bautista, California.

Visited August 2013
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Palo Alto, California
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5 attraction reviews
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“Great Labor Day Overnight Camping Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We took our 3 kids out for an overnight camping trip to Fremont Peak State Park. The adventure really starts when leaving the highway at San Juan Bautista. What a great drive, with fantastic views. Also had a couple of turkey vultures soaring practically next to our car while driving over a ridge. The campground is pretty basic, but does the job. We hiked around a bit, and checked out the observatory, which was closed. After early dinner we headed up to Fremont Peak to try and catch sunset. The view from the trail was amazing: low hanging ocean clouds above Monterey Bay (see photo). The last bit to the top is a bit of a rock scramble, very exciting for the kids, and the 360 view is amazing.

All in all I'd highly recommend a visit to this park.

Visited September 2012
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Monterey, California
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29 attraction reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Stunning Views and History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

It may be "a long and winding road" to get to the top of Fremont Peak, but is is absolutely worth every mile. Fremont Peak was originally known as Hawk's Peak until General Fremont retreated (the term is open to debate) up there during the to-and-fro operations between the California's original settlers and the Americans.

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