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3 Bay Area Peak Hikes to Conquer in 2020

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The year is halfway through and it's been rough-going. Seek perspective while tackling three peak hikes around the Bay Area.


Mount Diablo's North Peak

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The peak of Mount Diablo is known for its hundred-mile views, but little-visited North Peak is the real summit to scale.

Unlike the main mount, which you can get to by car or bike, the North Peak can only be reached via a 1.8-mile (one-way) moderate hike, with one steep uphill section to really get your heart-pumping. The hike traverses a few hundred feet below Diablo's main summit, climbs a ridge and, at the very end, rises steeply. The view from the top is worth the final push: The land laps like morning tides—rising, cresting, and rolling out to the Pacific—and San Francisco's skyscrapers spire on the distant horizon.

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East Peak of Mount Tamalpais

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The East Peak of Mount Tamalpais couldn't be more accommodating: It can be reached via a short hike, and easily gives visitors one of the best views in the Bay Area.

Plan your arrival about an hour before sunset, and take the quarter-mile (one-way) walk up the Plank Trail to the 2,571-foot East Peak fire lookout and summit. On clear nights, it's pure panoramic perfection. Mount Tam's northern lakes wink like polished diamonds in the distance, and Mount Diablo and Mount St. Helena help complete a peak trifecta.

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Monument Peak in Milpitas

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Here's an easy way to have a monumental accomplishment: Hike to Monument Peak in Milpitas!

This 2,594-foot monument is a lightly trafficked, enjoyable, and challenging 7.7-mile hike that rewards you with inspirational vistas. The views stay with you all along the way, starting with the peaceful park and lake, then expanding to the surrounding rolling hills as you continue ascending. Feel on top of the world as you take in huge bay scenery from your peak perch high in the sky.

Get the details on hiking to Monument Peak in Milpitas.

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