Fremont Peak State Park

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Fremont Peak State Park
Sunset view from fremont peak.JPG
Sunset view from Fremont Peak State Park
Map showing the location of Fremont Peak State Park
Map showing the location of Fremont Peak State Park
Location Monterey and San Benito Counties, California, USA
Nearest city San Juan Bautista, California
Coordinates 36°45′36″N 121°30′6″W / 36.76000°N 121.50167°W / 36.76000; -121.50167Coordinates: 36°45′36″N 121°30′6″W / 36.76000°N 121.50167°W / 36.76000; -121.50167
Area 162 acres (66 ha)
Established 1934
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Fremont Peak State Park is a state park of California, USA, encompassing the summit of 3,169-foot (966 m) Fremont Peak. The mountain is located in the Gabilan Range between Monterey County and San Benito County, California. The park features expansive views of Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean from its hiking trails. Other vistas include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. The 162-acre (66 ha) park was established in 1934.[1]

Natural history[edit]

Pine and California oak woodlands, of the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion, cover much of the park and are home to many birds and mammals.

Recreation[edit]

Fremont Peak State Park has hiking trails, picnic facilities and 22 campsites (both tent and RV). Fremont Peak Day is held every April, and features a picnic and other activities.

The Fremont Peak Observatory opened in 1986, and has operated every summer since, despite having battled the frequently brutal mountaintop weather. The astronomical observatory has a 30-inch (760 mm) telescope.

Proposed for closure[edit]

Fremont Peak State Park was one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program.[2] The closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10". California State Parks. p. 24. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  2. ^ CBS5.com: List Of Calif. Parks To Close In Budget Proposal
  3. ^ McGreevy, Patrick; Sahagun, Louis (2009-09-26). "State parks to stay open, but with cuts in hours, staffing". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.). Retrieved 2011-12-30. 

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