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C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 5 127 For those wanting to stay in the park overnight, camping and RV parking is available. Also, between April and October, Fremont Peak Observatory offers public star viewings on Saturdays without a full moon. The park has very low light pollution. The park, which offers a stunning view of Monterey Bay, got its name in 1846 when John C. Fremont, military governor of California, raised a flag. Photo: Derek Davis "Part of what he did inspired the Bear Flag Revolt, which later made California a state," says Derek Davis, the California State Parks ranger overseeing Fremont Peak State Park. Measuring in at 159 mountaintop acres and approximately 3,170 feet in elevation, Fremont Peak State Park experiences more extreme weather than much of the surrounding region. Temperatures here climb above 100 in the summer. In the winter, they can drop to around 10 degrees, and snow tends to fall a few days each year. Manzanita, scrub oak and coyote brush cover the northern slopes, while madrone, pine and oak stands dot grasslands on the western and southern sides. Those varied habitats house a variety of wildlife ("Just about everything short of bears," says Davis), ranging from squirrels and deer to wild turkeys, bobcats and mountain lions. Golden eagles, great horned owls, red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons soar above the park, as well, along with finches and hummingbirds. While the nature is a draw, it's the view that

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