Hidden Valley Trail

HARD 62 reviews

Hidden Valley Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fremont, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,847 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

NOTE: THERE IS VERY LIMITED PARKING AT STANFORD AVENUE STAGING AREA. IT IS BEST TO PARK AT OHLONE COLLEGE TO ACCESS MISSION PEAK: 43600 MISSION BLVD TO ANZA PINE ROAD. A steady climb of more than 2,000 feet in just over 3 miles, most of it on the Hidden Valley Trail, a well-graded dirt road, brings you to the top of Mission Peak, one of the East Bay's most dramatic summits, offering views of the entire Bay Area. This is not a trip for hot weather - the out-and-back route offers little shade. Bring extra clothes and a wind shell as this is a mountain environment which can quickly turn hostile. No bicycles on the single-track part of the Peak Trail.

hiking
4 months ago

AMAZING VIEWS! Great workout going up because it’s a steep hike almost all the way. It took me 2 hours out and back because I stopped to take pictures and enjoy the views. The wildlife is phenomenal! Saw wild turkeys, cows, ravens, prairie dogs, squirrels, hummingbirds, and many different birds. The path is wide and well maintained. Make sure you wear hiking boots or tennis shoes.

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4 months ago

Decent hike for people in the Bay Area, especially for fitness. Definitely not for people who are looking to hike in the woods. But the view of the Bay Area from the Mission Peak is wonderful.

Hard.. Very nice views

8 months ago

Good hike for a good workout! Scenery is lacking. Lots of wind.

hiking
9 months ago

Did this at the end of October and was a great time since it wasn’t too hot. It was sunny so sun protection was still necessary as there was almost no shade. It’s a steady uphill ascent and my thighs were definitely burning. But....the view up top was worth it!! The only thing I didn’t like were the hoards of people also hiking....no parking!! That said, my friends and I enjoyed this and would so it again.

10 months ago

Great, challenging trail, but way too many people. Padt od the reason i like to hike is to escape nature, but its hard to do that here when entitled IT people endlessly ramble up and down the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A heavily trafficked busy route to the popular Mission Peak from Stanford Ave staging area.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

I have hiked this trail a number of times. On in itself it's great hiking trail with great views from top of mission peak. Over the years this trail has become really overcrowded. Many visitors are using it as outdoor fitness venue, which is also isn't bad idea, it has just lost the solitude and being in the connection to the nature for me. Please do not be discouraged with my negative review, it does deserve at least one visit from any hiking enthusiasts. Early morning hike when there is bit of fog cover is most rewarding when you reach the top.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fantastic route: challenging + not too long and not too short + beautiful views (the only problem is parking but that is because lots of people know how great this route is).

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Good hike. It provides a great workout. As many people have said, parking sucks even when you go early in the morning when the trail opens. One thing to watch out is for the cow droppings on the trail!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nice hike, but there are a lot of people on the weekend. And parking sucks unless you get lucky.

trail running
Monday, March 13, 2017

Lots of people : not so much an issue on the trail as it is large all along but definitely an issue for parking. Nice climb (average slope 10%) and technical downhills. Lots of fun !

Friday, March 10, 2017

Nice hike, but too much of cows' poops with limited parking space

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Steep climb. No shades. Excellent views at the peak. Very popular hike among locals.

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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.

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