Mission Peak, one of the most popular East Bay hikes, is a great workout with 2,000 feet of climb in two miles and spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the Diablo Range once you reach the summit.
Strenuous hike but nothing special about the scenery. I don't think it's worth traveling more than an hr for this hike, if you live far from there. I went after it rained, super muddy. so don't wear running shoes if you don't want mud all over your sneakers. hiking boots for mud
Talk about an intense climb. Your heart will start pumping right away as it's all uphill with few flat areas. Once your at the top though it's just another big push up a steep, short incline and then a climb up the rocky top and then you're there. It's truly satisfying. The walk back puts another beating on your legs as it is all downhill. But once your done and look back at the peak from you're car you see just how far and how high you really can go.
Amazing views of the Bay. This hike is very popular, and there may even be a line to take pictures with the pole at the summit. There is no shade on most of the trail, so avoid it on hot days. The best time to go is the in spring when the hills are green.
The trail is challenging. Other then the breathtaking view of the Bay Area at your back on the way up there isn't much too look at. Most people hike up one side and down the same side. I suggest you continue and go down the other side of the mountain. There is far less people going down the side. I saw three people the entire hike down. On the way up I probably saw at least a hundred people.