Mission Peak from Ohlone College Loop

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Mission Peak from Ohlone College Loop is a 7.3 mile moderately 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
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,145 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

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).

6 days ago

bella passeggiata ragazzi consigliatissima a tutti!!

hiking
12 days ago

I’ve been wanted to climb this hill for a long time. And then here comes an opportunity to climb with dozens of HS wrestling students plus their family members on January first 2019. I almost wanted to give up at first half mile bcaz it’s boring. No trees, no rivers, no rocks which I’ve heard of it, but still. High-light is probably the peak part, I very much enjoyed climbing up the short rocky hill to get to the top. It was fun ;)

23 days ago

Great workout. Great view. Lots of cows and squirrels along the way. Definitely bring lots of water.

1 month ago

Great hike not hard at all

hiking
1 month ago

Great view, breathtaking when it’s windy.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with some amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve done this hike many times, and it’s always great. Parking on Mission is free.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Good hike !

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I've done this trail a number of times in the last few years. It's always a good workout, best be wary of the sun in summer.

3 months ago

Great hike! Amazing views...

trail running
4 months ago

So this is the second time I’ve been to Mission Peak and the first time hiking took me 5.5 hours. That was 4 years ago. I promised myself to destroy that time this time around. The Peak Trail leading up to Mission Peak is quite steep although there are some parts that are runnable. Mostly no shade so I’m kinda glad it was very cloudy when I went but also no views to see! I was able to power hike my way up and run down in under 2 hours (time crushed!). Definitely have to bring your own water/snacks and I was surprised there was even a bathroom halfway up. The fire trail is quite wide but once near the peak, the rocks get really loose and it may be difficult to find your footing climbing up. Running down was just so much fun! After the power hike, it feels so rewarding to be able to fly down the mountain in less than half the time! Definitely a must do if you’re in the area! Parking is abundant at Ohlone College especially when school is not in session!

trail running
4 months ago

Always the best challenge when getting back to hiking! A must for the books

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail and the view from the top is really nice.
I prefer this trail over Standford one as this has some shade, trees in the beginning of the trail, make it more pleasant to hike.

hiking
4 months ago

I think the information here about this hike is incorrect, If you measure the length of the trail from the trailhead near the parking lot to the summit on Google you will see that this is a 6.8 mile hike. Also, it was not a loop but an out-and-back hike. The hike is pretty exposed but there is a section that has some shade.

Google map link: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Mission+Peak+Summit/37.5274382,-121.9125089/@37.5173438,-121.9046882,14.94z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m10!1m1!1s0x808fc5ca58b42b7b:0x91d8b97650f75f66!2m2!1d-121.8808302!2d37.5125051!3m4!1m2!1d-121.9007927!2d37.5266715!3s0x808fc4205e7a763d:0x501a757cd5afe44f!1m0!3e2

hiking
4 months ago

I’ve been on this trail twice now and prefer it to the main entrance of Mission Peak. 1) There is more parking 2) there is more shade and switchbacks, making it less difficult. There is 1 bathroom on the trail as well. Once you get to the top it’s a beautiful view!

5 months ago

Good hike! Great view from the summit!

hiking
5 months ago

good photo bombing opportunities at the top while everybody takes selfies

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, would definitely go again. Be ready, take your time. Also, price for parking at the college has gone up, I believe someone said $2 now it's $4, still more cost effective then a ticket.

5 months ago

Great hike! A bit steep a half a mile from the top - great workout! Took us around 3 hours in total.

5 months ago

High elevation I’m tired as hell! Only got 2 miles in

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice hike. My calves burned pretty good. The view at the peak is amazing. Definitely go early in the morning because it will get hot and bring plenty of water as there are no water sources during the climb. Some of the trail has loose gravel so coming back down, you have to be super careful not to slip. Well worth at least doing once

hiking
5 months ago

pretty dry, but a nice difficulty

6 months ago

The Hike: Moderate hike with some tough sections at the beginning and closer to the peak. Starts off with a steep incline that continues for a mile and then it gives your breather for about 1/2 miles. Back to incline again but it isn't as bad until the last 3/4 mile to peak which is very steep. Coming down it's all downhill, which puts considerable stress on your knees so take that into your prep.

It's better to go early in the morning if you are going in summer. There is a unisex accessible rest room about 2.5 miles from the trailhead.

What to bring: I didn't need a jacket because it was too hot in July. Proper shoes are recommended because of gravel and down hill hike coming back. Take water and snacks.

Parking: Drive uphill passing open parking lots to find the parking garage closest to the trailhead. You can park for $4 all day (weekends too). Pay at station near elevator on 2nd floor.

hiking
6 months ago

Scenic hike, definitely challenging! Nice reward at the top! Make sure you put some toe protectors in your hiking shoes, lots of downhill on the way back.

6 months ago

Love this route

hiking
6 months ago

July 4th climb was as good as it can . Lot of people and had to wait in line for around 20 - 30 min to get a photo on totem pole . Thats a reward to be enjoyed

hiking
6 months ago

Done this trail twice. First time left too late in the day and turned back due to heat. Second time started much earlier (8am) on a much cooler day. That last little bit of elevation kicked my butt in a good way, challenging but doable. Wear a hat with a brim and know there is very little of this trail that is shaded.

6 months ago

Scenic views with a great workout to the top! Will do again!

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