Page Contributor(s): Michael Persellin, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dan Razum, Campbell, CA, USA
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Cycling Fremont Peak
Ride 8.8 miles to 2,885’ gaining 2,524’ at 5.4% average grade.
Climb start - “Fremont Peak State Park 11 Mile” sign to the right.
Summary by Mike Persellin:
The approach is on San Juan Canyon Rd. just south of San Juan Bautista. The climb starts at the state park entrance and ends 8.8 miles later at the observatory parking lot. The first part of the climb is in a shaded canyon past small ranches and is the easiest section. At just past 5 miles, the road pitches up sharply into the open and averages over 8% to the finish, with a couple of 13% ramps.
Along the way are gorgeous views of Monterey Bay and the Salinas and San Benito Valleys. The Santa Cruz, Diablo, and Gavilan ranges can also be easily seen. This is one of the few accessible climbs in the coastal area between Santa Cruz and Southern California.
Photos and captions by Dan Razum, Campbell, CA.
Lower slopes of the climb have several sections with good shade.
Midway up the climb, views start to open up.
The middle part of the climb is more exposed, less shade.
View of trails in Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area.
Top of climb is marked by double pine tree. Still a mile or so of rolling terrain to the State Park.
Shade returns on the 1.6 miles ride into the State Park from our climb finish.
Continue 1.6 past the high point of the climb to the Entrance to Fremont State Park
No charge for entrance as of July, 2019.
Drinking water available at the parking lot.