You probably don’t hang glide. But if you do, no doubt you already know about Monument Peak. Thanks to its gentle slopes and a consistent updraft, the 2,594-foot peak is considered one of the best launch points in the Bay Area.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the area around the peak is also popular among thermal-surfing birds of prey like hawks, falcons, and golden eagles. So if you choose to tackle the 7.5-mile hike to the peak’s summit, expect to spend most of your day with your eyes on the clouds.