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Been to this spot several times, and it just gives you that awesome feeling to keep on pushing. The reward is at the very top! Awesome views. It’s best to come early in the morning,get that fresh area and good parking!!!

Amazing views! Carry lots of water.

excellent trail especially in spring season..perfect weather and great views with greenery and wildflowers all around

hiking
9 days ago

This was fun for my children because there was not only obsidian, but there were huge chunks of pumice that they could lift because it is so light.

We started the hike from ohlone college. Parking was not a problem. Started at 8:30 am. Weather was perfect today, partly cloudy. One of the good workout hike. This is definitely not an easy one. But not that cannot be done. Hike at your own pace and you should be fine. Views from the top were mind blowing. I would love to do it again!

Did this in 2016. Had to take an alternative route as the main trail was closed for renovations

Fun and easy for any age

nature trips
18 days ago

Beautiful and peaceful

Full moon hike FTW! Planned it so we’d catch sunset from the top, but the real highlight was moonrise! Forget the crowds during the day, this is a great one at night, but FYI, Stanford Ave curfew is 8pm, so if you plan on staying longer then use the Ohlone College entrance which is open until 10pm.

Hiked the loop Sat 3/31/18. Started on the north side, totally clear until the meadow, from the meadow on increasingly snowy on the trail until the visible avalanche area on the south side, pretty slow going but passable in boots, beautiful day, sunny and clear, love this trail 5/5 year round :)

I been here a 100 times and I love it. Such a great workout. My dogs can't make it I usually carry them in my backpack. If you go really early you get to hang out with the cows. :)

Very hard trail in terms of elevation gain but totally worth it. Only problem is it is too open but great vistas from the top.

Nice view. Need lot of leg work and zeal to accomplish this trail.

I've walked this twice and both times felt it is over rated. The wide fire track is boring to walk on and the terrain stays the same (almost) the whole way up.

On a clear day the views are definitely worthwhile but again, these are not views unique to Mission Peak.

Constant gradient and well paved trail. Good for training.

hiking
1 month ago

The name says it all

3/4/18 My first try was a few years ago. 20-30 lbs heavier and only made it 1/2 way up, stopping multiple times. This time made it up nonstop in good time. Started at 9:30, reaches the top at 11, then ran back down to complete at 11:35. Climb is a little difficult, definitely not an easy one for beginners. Day was cool and clear. Got stuck in one of the patches of mud left over from the previous days rain and had to wriggle my feet loose, was fun. Traffic was moderate along with some cows. The view from the top was absolutely gorgeous. I could see all of the Bay. I will for sure be hiking this one again.

No shade, my dogs and I over heated 20 min into the hike. The day we went we saw a lot of people running down the hill with their dogs who were over heated. If you go, go early in the morning or it will be too hot.

The view is SPECTACULAR! To avoid the crowds and find easy parking, I recommend parking in the Ohlone College parking garage. It’s free.

This trail is totally separate from the one that 90% of the Bay Area use. It’s also more beautiful, imho. The two trails converge near the summit.

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Mission Peak is a Bay Area and local legend. The place that instagram ruined. if you havent been you have to go. If youve been before there are plenty of alternate routes via Ohlone, Sunol, or the beastly HH to avoid the crowds.

it was a great hike easy for the kiddos and very beautiful..

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy hike with our 2 small dogs (avoid summer as there is no shade especially for dogs )

No shadow, elevation change dramatically, windy at high altitude, nice view

Not for the lighthearted. Great challenge! Get ready to work your legs out.

Great workout! All uphill and then all downhill. The entire trail is exposed. It was hot on the day I went, so the sun was scorching hot. It's a pretty busy trail. Parking can be an issue.
I really enjoyed the workout but when I think back to the crowds, the sun and heat, I can't imagine myself doing this hike again.

Gorgeous variation in ecosystems and a touch climb up Black Mountain. Great workout and the perfect length for a morning or afternoon hike!

Great challenging hike with zero aesthetically pleasing vegetation. View at the top is alright with notable views of Mt Diablo, and the south part of the bay. For an added challenge, take the trail to the right (in the beginning) and take Horse's Haven. I've met people that take this near vertical climb with 50lb bags to prepare for Half-dome. Parking sucks - I used to go three days out of the week. Now, I don't bother anymore with all the people and the line to take a picture of the pole. IT'S ONLY A POLE. Hiking times - expect 3 hours for up and down hiking. For more experienced hikers, you should be able to finish in a less than two hours if you don't spend too much time at the top.

nice and easy hike! too bad we came in November, otherwise the trees and the lake would be more beautiful in sight!

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