Mission Peak from Ohlone College

MODERATE 275 reviews

Mission Peak from Ohlone College is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: There is ample parking at Ohlone College. This is the best place to park to access Mission Peak. Gradual route is a less-strenuous option for hiking to the top of the popular East Bay peak. Mission Peak gets throngs of hikers but only a few savvy trekkers take this route to the summit -- an eight-mile out-and-back that stretches out the 2,000-foot ascent to the summit (the most-popular route ascends a similar height in a 5.2-mile out-and-back). It starts from the parking lot at Ohlone College along Mission Boulevard in Fremont, California. Just one trail -- the aptly named Peak Trail -- curves and climbs its way to the 2,517-foot summit of Mission Peak. (From the parking lot, look for a sign pointing to Ohlone Trail). Abundant parking at Ohlone College on the weekend makes this trailhead a welcome alternative to the Stanford Avenue entrance, which fills quickly and forces hikers to park on side streets where car break-ins have been common over the years. There's also a bit more shade on this route compared to other trails to the summit. Impressive views of the Diablo Range and San Francisco Bay open up on the way up. Don't be surprised if you see deer and coyotes the ground and raptors and vultures soaring overhead. Best time to go: Springtime when the hills are green and the wildflowers are blooming. Winter's the next-best time, especially if the peak gets a dusting of snow. Fall is OK; summer's too hot during the day, but many hikers hit the summit at sunset and hike down after dark (best done under a full moon).

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10 days ago

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18 days ago

Great hike, beautiful views. Will definitively do again.

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21 days ago

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23 days ago

Very nice views plus fun and good work out

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24 days ago

Moderately trafficked trail until meets w/ other trail at which point it turns into Disneyland. Uphill all the way to peak w/ maybe two flat sections. Not much shade. Very well maintained trail. Difficult to get lost.

Crows were circling at the top, presumably in anticipation of humans falling out. Winter is coming.

hiking
24 days ago

Doesn’t feel “gradual” but some great views if the bay and back at the Livermore valley make it a beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on New Year’s Eve. Tons of Parking at the college. Wear a good pair of hiking shoes! It can get a little slippery on certain parts of the trail and near the peak. Not too busy.

1 month ago

Love this hike but it is pretty crowded! There was actually a line at the top for getting picture taken! Whoa! Today was warm and not windy, but therefore limited views. Still a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Went there long time ago. Nice hiking trail. Would go back some day.

hiking
2 months ago

Great training hill

2 months ago

Awesome family hike

hiking
2 months ago

Grear hike with a nice steady climb. Have also done this as a trail run. Spectacular views at the top. In the summer months starting early in the morning is highly recommended to avoid as much of the heat and sun as possible.

3 months ago

good steep hike. very little shade at about 1/3 on the way up so better walked on a cool day. can be busy with hikers. on the way down part of the house heaven trail can be taken to see a different side of the peak (make sure to take the Grove trail into hidden valley trail and back up on the peak trail). all in all a very enjoyable walk with good views of the bay, San Francisco, Oakland and mount Diablo

3 months ago

Started at 6:45 am at Pine St and Mission Blvd. Dark and chilly! Had an awesome 2 hr hike up and a 1 hr hike back. What a beautiful place! Plan on coming back when I have the chance.

3 months ago

Nice and challenging trail

4 months ago

It’s good.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike. Steep in a lot of places, use hiking poles if you have them.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy parking, decent shade in parts, got to sea a few animals, moderate hike.

5 months ago

Awesome hill workout.

5 months ago

Lots of wildlife and convenient parking at the college, parking fee is $4 daily for anyone curious.

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