"A quick hike up Fremont Peak" Fremont Peak State Park by Ewingjr98
Fremont Peak State Park Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 81 photos
From the summit of Fremont Peak, you can see about 30 miles in every direction: Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas and just about everything in between. Only the southeasterly view is limited due to the large TV, radio, and cellular towers on the neighboring hill, plus the Gavilan Range extending in that direction is pretty significant, maybe restricting the view to 10 miles.
Controversial US Army officer and California Senator, John C. Fremont himself made camp on Fremont Peak (with some 60 US soldiers), and they claim he raised the first American flag on California soil on this peak in 1846. This was all before CA joined the US so Fremont was trying to provoke the Mexicans into the war that eventually occurred. Fremont was later named the first military governor of California, was one of California's first senators, and failed in a bid for President of the United States as the first-ever Republican candidate.
The 3,169 foot peak is at the southern corner of Fremont Peak State Park. This tiny park is home to an observatory, several small primitive campgrounds, perhaps two miles of trails, and a few historical markers. Entrance fee is $4 to park or $15 to camp.
- Pros:The view, the view, the view
- Cons:Tiny park with limited trails
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