Mission Peak from Ohlone College

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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
2063 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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Ohlone college provides an alternative staging area for the Mission Peak. In addition to the featured out and back hike, we incorporated a loop at the top of the peak by Eagle trail to make this an 8.9 mile hike.

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I'm prepping to go to the top one day. this is gorgeous but lots of uphill.