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Fremont Peak State Park
Near San Juan Bautista, California

John Charles Fremont's third expedition ventured recklessly into Mexican California, with the covert purpose of stirring up rebellion among the American settlers. His most provocative action was to set up an encampment at the summit of Fremont Peak, right above the settlement of San Juan Bautista and virtually within sight of the capital at Monterey. Before the authorities could respond Fremont and his men retreated north to what is now Oregon.

Today Fremont Peak is notable for its comprehensive views of the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys, the Santa Cruz Mountains and Gabilan Range, and Monterey Bay. It has a delightful small campground, and an enthusiastic amateur astronomy program.

Unfortunately the park is very small. Miles of rolling grasslands and forested ridges in the Gabilan Range adjoin it on the south, but the boundaries are so tight that the quarter mile trail to the summit runs right up against fences and No Trespassing signs.

Fremont Peak State Park
Wikipedia: Fremont Peak (California)
See also: John C. Fremont

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Oak Point Campground on Fremont Peak

Oak Point Campground on Fremont Peak

Oak Point on the north side of Fremont Peak has a great view over the Salinas Valley

Fremont Peak State Park, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Trail to Fremont Peak

Trail to Fremont Peak

Looking southwest over the Salinas Valley from the trail to the summit of Fremont Peak

Fremont Peak State Park, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Summit of Fremont Peak in the Gabilan Range

Summit of Fremont Peak in the Gabilan Range

The view from the summit of Fremont Peak

Fremont Peak State Park, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Antennas on Fremont Peak

Antennas on Fremont Peak

Various antenna towers next to the summit of Fremont Peak, five counties in view

Fremont Peak State Park, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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Hollister Hills SVRA from above

Hollister Hills SVRA from above

Recreational off-highway routes on steep hillsides on the north side of Fremont Peak

Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: January 30, 2013
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