Tucked away in an isolated valley just a mile outside Milpitas, Levin County Park features a developed area with a little lake, a picnic lawn, and a golf course. The park has paragliding and hang gliding facilities, and on a nice day a few paragliders may be circling overhead.
Most importantly for hikers, though, the park also includes the high, mostly treeless ridge that towers over the town, where some hiking trails provide a rather nice eight-mile loop to Monument Peak.
The park used to be quiet and little-visited, but during the pandemic it become so popular on weekends that it was difficult to get in. It might be less busy now that they&rsqua;re changing a $6 admission fee again.
*** Monument Peak (9.1 miles, 2210 ft)
Monument Peak has the same great views as nearby Mission Peak but without the crowds. Even though it overlooks the vast urbanized plain of the South Bay, it has a surprisingly quiet, bucolic feel.
© 2018 David Baselt