Magazine article Sunset

Santa Clara Valley Views from Levin Park's Grassy Hills

Magazine article Sunset

Santa Clara Valley Views from Levin Park's Grassy Hills

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Santa Clara Valley views from Levin Park's grassy hills Above the bustle of growing Milpitas, the serene countryside of Ed R. Levin County Park is a welcome surprise. On the western slope of the Diablo Range, the park seems little changed from its ranching days and, in fact, cattle still roam over the upper reaches of its 2,000 grassy acres. Winter is a good time to discover it; you can hike, ride horseback, fish, or picnic when days are cool and hills greened by early rains.

Steep 2,591-foot Monument Peak challenges hikers. The 3-mile route to the top via Caliente and Monument Peak trails gains 2,200 feet in elevation, so bring water and a lunch, and take it easy.

But the spectacular view is worth the climb. To the east are the blue waters of Calaveras Reservoir and corrugated hills studded with oaks; to the west and south are San Francisco Bay and the spreading development of the Santa Clara Valley. …

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