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Beautiful Places in the Bay Area California: Lookout near Mount Umunhum

Updated on May 19, 2013

Romantic Vista View from Mount Umunhum, San Jose, California

This overlook over this city is about a 1/4 mile from the parking area.  Easy to access and great for a romantic picnic.
This overlook over this city is about a 1/4 mile from the parking area. Easy to access and great for a romantic picnic.
This is the view from the lookout point on Mount Umunhum in San Jose, CA.
This is the view from the lookout point on Mount Umunhum in San Jose, CA. | Source
This lookout point offers a 360 degree view including this view of the Guadeloupe Reservoir in Quicksilver County Park in San Jose CA
This lookout point offers a 360 degree view including this view of the Guadeloupe Reservoir in Quicksilver County Park in San Jose CA

Romantic Vista View from Mount Umunhum in San Jose, California

A windy Hicks Road will lead you up past the Guadeloupe Reservoir. It will peak and on the left you will see an entrance for Quicksilver County Park. Turn right and the road will wind on up Mount Umunhum until you come to a dead end at a gate. Parking is allowed on the left side outside the gate.

Mount Umunhum is the fourth highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains but you will not be going all the way to the top; only to the gate. Once the location of the Almaden Air Force Station, there are now ongoing efforts to turn it into a park.

You do not want to walk through the gate and continue up the mountain. Across from the parking area is another trail that leads off on a trail to the your left if you are facing gate blocking the road. Follow this path about 1/4 mile and you will find yourself at the top of a beautiful overlook giving you an expansive view of the city and a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.

Romantic Vista View on Mount Umunhum

View from the Romantic Vista.  Great place for a picnic.
View from the Romantic Vista. Great place for a picnic.
Trail to the Romantic Vista on Mount Umunhum
Trail to the Romantic Vista on Mount Umunhum
Trail to Mount Umunhum Overlook
Trail to Mount Umunhum Overlook

Slideshow of Mount Umunhum

Directions to Romantic Overlook on Mount Umunhum

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Mount Umunhum Road, San Jose, CA 95120, USA
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The trail to this romantic vista is off to the left of the gate blocking Mount Umunhum Road. Parking is on the right side near the gate.

Mount Umunhum Vista; Great Place to Get Away for a Romantic Picnic

The Bay Area, CA is like a valley surrounded my small mountains and lots of foothills. You can think of it like a big bowl. This vista lookout on Mount Umunhum is one of those little known, out of the way, and absolutely beautiful locations that is worth taking a small side trip to see. It's a great place for a relaxed picnic. Its a great place to bring your significant other. Its also a great spot for a quiet getaway. Few people visit this amazing lookout so its peaceful and quiet. If you like to meditate, read your bible, pray or just relax and listen to music, its a great place to get away. The point is, its a peaceful place with a beautiful view, and its a great place to relax. Bring a picnic. There are also some great surrounding trails, parks, and open space preserve that you can see if you make it a day trip.

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