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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.

Perfect hike if you're looking to actually sweat and get some good cardio in. Literally kicks your ass. This isn't a light hike.

hiking
3 days ago

Great training loop; Horses Heaven side is much less traveled and has some cooler shady spots -- but very steep at points

If it is dry and you like climbs, I recommend going the opposite way (up Horses Heaven and down Hidden Valley). There are small sections on Horses Heaven that are as steep as anything I've done in the Bay Area

hiking
7 days ago