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Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area

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Mission Peak Regional Preserve

Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Milpitas, 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 2,135 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Camping Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No shade
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Note from the East Bay Regional Park District: There is very limited parking at Stanford Avenue Staging Area. It is best to park at Ohlone College to access Mission Peak: 43600 Mission Blvd to Anza Pine Road. Enjoy the spectacular views of the South bay as you climb up to Mission Peak. Although steep, the views of the Bay Area are very rewarding. On a clear day hikers can see the skylines of Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. 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.

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.

East Bay Regional Parks Headquarters (510) 562-PARK (7275)

This is a strenuous hike -- be sure you're up for it. Footing is tricky near the summit. You might see a rattlesnake; if so, give it plenty of room and don't provoke it. The cattle are harmless, as long as you give them plenty of room and don't spook them. What to bring: Sunscreen (there's very little shade). Lots of water, especially in summer. A windbreaker for the summit: it can be extremely gusty up there. Hiking poles can ease the strain on your knees on the return trip.

From I-680 in Fremont, exit at Mission Boulevard and go north. After about 1/2 mile, turn right (east) on Stanford Avenue and follow it to the parking lot at the end.

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HikingGreat!No shade

One of the steepest hikes I've ever done. Luckily it is short. Counterclockwise is probably the better way to do it since it is so steep. First half was nonstop incline with about 3 VERY steep hills, so steep that I questioned if I was still on the right trail and was about to use my hands to climb it. You will walk through about 3 gates on the way to the top. Second half is the same as the hidden valley trail. No shade. Only restrooms open were the porta potties in the parking lot. Cell reception throughout. Very windy. Great workout. Legs will probably be dead tomorrow. Took 1 hr 50 mins with minimal stops

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Jieun Jeon
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HikingGreat!

This trail was challenging, but scenic especially for the sunset. You can check out my hiking youtube video to see what to expect from this trail! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxBlXAa_GCA

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Rick Altman
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Ismael Lopez
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The only thing that sucks it’s pretty crowded on the weekends.. no shade during summer and it is mostly incline. But like some have said once you make it up all the tiredness goes away.. this is one of the few trails of accomplishment and the view is breathtaking.

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David Delabra
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Streneous but rewarding. Great views. Get there early parking is a problem.

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sugar dalit
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jill renslow
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Difficult but rewarding. Best view on top!

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Jesus Napoles
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Akshith Nagaraj Rao
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Javier cruz
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Michael Pintus
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Excellent

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Javier cruz
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Javier cruz
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Akshith Nagaraj Rao
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Roel Magpoc
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Difficult but the views at the peak are very much worth it.

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Alex Washburne
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Definitely a hard hike up... but all worth it when you get to the top!!

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Tim Foote
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A tough hike but beautiful views of the Bay all the way up. Relentless uphill & then downhill with almost no flat sections.

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War Ro
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Aditya Kousik
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One of the best yet challenging trails in the Bay Area. Bring plenty of water, good shoes with grip because it’s gravel and sand most of the way. Sunglasses and a hat make good companions against a scorching sun. If you’re doing a full loop perhaps get a hiking stick? There are 3-4 extremely steep slippery slopes that can trip you. The view at the top is magnificent with a 360° view. Good times.

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Sunny T
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Timing at the park says 6:30 am onwards, on park's website it says 6:00 am onwards but people have already started when I actually reached there at 6:15 am. I believe these rules are applied to vehicle parking but still I am not sure as parking lot was full including near by streets. Best hike, I need to go there in all seasons to enjoy the beauty that it posses.

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Armando Ramirez
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It is wonderful

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Javier cruz
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Justin Cranmer
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SungJin Kim
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AllTrails User
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Great view at the peak. Gets crowded in spots but nice trail.

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Amar Bhatt
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JhayLeonette Hunt
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One of my favorite hike in NorCal

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Vadim Vadim
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Akshith Nagaraj Rao
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