Mission Peak Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fremont, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Enjoy the spectacular views of the South bay as you climb up to Mission Peak. Although steep, the views are very rewarding. This is a moderate to strenuous trail with a constant uphill climb until you reach the summit. The trail is a well maintained gravel base until the last half mile. From this point the trail is hard pack dirt and rocky. Difficulty would definitely increase during the rainy season. The Stanford Avenue staging area is also the western access to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, a 29-mile hiking and riding trail through some of Southern Alameda County's most beautiful wilderness, and provides access to Mission Peak's 2,999 acres. Ensure that you have plenty of water before embarking on this hike, as there are very few spots to locate shade. The trail may be shared with equestrians, and dogs are allowed. There is no fee for parking, however on a busy day you may be required to park a little west, on one of the side streets. Dogs are allowed on leash in developed areas/under voice command in undeveloped areas of the park
Great Hike! Basically all up hill. Great Workout. Only downside is that it is SOOOOO crowded. If you're not there by 7am parking is pretty ridiculous. I parked in the Ohlone College Parking Garage and you can get to the head of the trail very easily. Once you get to the top there is a line to take the infamous picture to show you made it to the top. I'll definitely attempt it again, but definitely earlier.
Hard but worth it!
This is definitely an all uphill trail. Once you think you're close you have this last stretch that you must do to to get the "famous" picture you must take to prove you finished it! Its a great workout for your quads and calves. Just take your time and enjoy the scenery. If you have bad knees I highly recommend wearing knee wraps or braces. It can be pretty hard on them on your way down.
This hike is nothing special. The only thing to see are the cows. I'm glad I did this hike in early March before it was too hot. There are no trees for any shade. I imagine this is a miserable hike in the Summer. Also, I there was no loop trail, it was an out & back. It's good if you want an uphill challenge.
For the most part this is an awesome hike and damn good work out. If your looking for an uphill climb, this sure is it. Make sure you bring lots of water, there is little to no shade. There are nothing but rolling hills which is gorgeous on a clear day. Lots of cows which is pretty cool to hike by. The only reason I gave this hike 3 stars is due to how busy this hike is, anywhere from 40-80 people hiking up and down, and then once you get to the peak you have to get in a line (yes a line) to take a picture.
beautiful day and amazing views.