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Mission Peak from Ohlone College

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Mission Peak Regional Preserve

Mission Peak from Ohlone College is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fremont, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking 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

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Mission Peak gets throngs of hikers but only 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). This gradual route is a less-strenuous option for hiking to the top of the popular East Bay peak. 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. 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). NO bikes are allowed on this trail. Parking Fee: $4

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18 hours ago

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rocky
2 days ago

Mission Peak was my absolute first hike, and I did this hike last year. I had never hiked a day in my life before this. Definitely get there early and pace yourself if you’ve never hiked before.

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3 days ago

This was a great workout hike, if you’re looking for great views I’m not sure you’ll find it here, but I guess that depends on where you normally hike. When I think of hiking, I think of Yosemite, this is definitely not that. However, if you’re looking for a great workout, this is your hike. I’d imagine it could get warm on the trail so bring PLENTY of water. There is very limited shade on this hike, especially when the hike gets tough and steep, no shade at all. This trail is used by many, so social distancing is difficult to follow, especially on the last few hundred yards to make the summit. We also did not stay on the summit for very long due to high winds and a lot of people up there. I wouldn’t recommend being up there too long with the possible spread for COVID. However it was a great hike, worth the exhaustion.

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4 days ago

Pros: Beautiful view and great workout. There's a great sense of accomplishment once you get closer to the top and can see the South Bay below you! I went on an afternoon in April and the weather was just right, and there were beautiful wildflowers! Cons: Very crowded and not the most peaceful. That may be because it was a Saturday afternoon. If you want to be one of the only people on the trail, or want it to be a quiet hike, this would not be ideal. We ultimately did not reach the peak because of the amount of people + COVID-19. Next time: I'd leave a bit earlier (would be a beautiful sunrise/morning hike) to beat the heat and the crowds, and bring significantly more water.

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8 days ago

Very crowded trail. Big groups, bluetooth speakers, people talking on cell phones. Passed one person smoking a blunt. Not the most peaceful hike but the view at the top is an awesome payoff. If you're concerned about social distancing/mask wearing, pick a different trail. If you don't mind crowds and want a great uphill hike, this is it.

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8 days ago

Pretty solid hike. One of the nicer views you’ll find in the South Bay. Trail can be crowded at times though and not much shade. Really popular spot.

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8 days ago

This is a hard hike with a lot of people on the trail. It’s very beautiful at the top and the views are gorgeous. For some reason, people bring their speakers and play really loud music. I don’t get that. Being water and a snack for the top.

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8 days ago

Challenging but worth it. Bring sunscreen and make sure to reapply. My group of friends and I definitely got pretty intense sunburns because we didn’t reapply. Also bring lots of water. My friends and I brought 6 bottles (three hydroflasks) and a water backpack and we almost ran out of water. It’s hot enough that it warrants bringing more than you expect you’ll need and there are no places to refill water. There are a few shady patches in the beginning, and a decently shaded middle portion, but shade gets scarce as you get closer to the peak. It took us about 4.5 hours to hike there and back, including a stops along the way and settling for a little lunch. Overall, a rewarding hike that is definitely worth the views at the end, but be prepared for pain.

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rocky
9 days ago

It’s a nice trail but you’ve gotta be starting the hike early. It’s hot and very few shade if you start at 8:00. Wonderful experience, somehow hard but very rewarding at the peak!

11 days ago

I see a lot of reviews underneath that are misleading. The other hike from the Stanford side has little shade. This Ohlone College side hike has a good midsection that's very shady. Still a difficult climb, with little shade after 1/2 way through, but fun! One Powerade bottle should do it if you're already hydrated. I do this everyday and there's not a ton of people. It does get a little crowded on Saturday morning.

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11 days ago

Did this a couple years back when i was in great shape Lol. All uphill and no shade so be weary!

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

Good trail but half of the people are not social distancing. Stay away if you are concerned about covid. There are so many people all the time on this hike that its worse than a shopping mall.

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no shade
13 days ago

Very tiring hike, but worth the challenge. I brought 2 bottles of water and an emergency water pack. Please pack at least 5 bottles. Very much needed!!! The beginning and end is the hardest to reach. It’s a good place to set a goal. No shade. One resting area about 20 minutes before you reach the top of the peak.

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14 days ago

Conquered this trail a few years back. Most challenging trek I’ve been on. The goal was to climb to the peak and get a picture on the pole and see the spectacular views. Advice: Bring a lot of water. Not much shade. This hike is worth the time and effort!

16 days ago

climb pretty much from the start. hills are dry and alot shade. 2k ft cljmb

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rocky
17 days ago

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18 days ago

INTENSE hike. This was by far the MOST tiring hike I’ve been on, literally incline right when the trail starts. Getting to the top is a bit rocky, but once you get up there, the view is breathtaking.

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19 days ago

Best view you can get in the South Bay, wish there was more shade

20 days ago

https://youtu.be/B-cXx5uTlzs check out my video of the hike!!

22 days ago

first challenging trail. never thought i actually made it to the top. even when i have asthma and shortness of breath i still managed and push myself

Started at 7 am by the college and parked in the parking structure. Definitely a challenging hike but so satisfying. Incline starts at the trail head and continues all the way up. Very popular trail and there were so many groups of hikers of all skill levels. Zero social distancing and it was difficult to pass slower traffic. Took us almost 3 hours to complete. We will be back! :)

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23 days ago

Did this hike with very little preparation. Glad to have completed it. It sure is not for the faint of heart. A liter of water wasn't enough for the more than 4-hour trek. My legs are still sore 2 days after. Trail is popular and crowded and impossible for physical distancing in some parts.

The Mission Peak was covered in clouds. Didn’t see the sunrise, but enjoyed the view on the way back. At 6AM this trail became very busy. Oncoming hikers didn’t move to the side to create a social distance during the pandemic.

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rocky
28 days ago

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rocky
30 days ago

Challenging...definitely takes your all to get to the top. Walking sticks and a camelbak will make your hike easier. Early mornings or late evenings are the best times to go, it’s too hot midday and shade is scarce. Beyond that the view at the top is stunning and so rewarding.

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