Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area

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

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,135 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

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.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

tough incline but well maintained easy to follow and great views. Nice facilities at the parking area with bathrooms and maps.

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rocky
4 days ago

Unrelenting 2000' hike up in under 3 miles followed by stretches of steep declines makes this peak quite a workout. The peak rewards with great 360 degree views. A hiking pole and sturdy boots will definitely help.

5/5 climbing to the peak on the gravel path. 3/5 for the descent down the other side. Too steep, narrow, uneven, and overgrown. Recommend doubling back down the gravel path after peaking.

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over grown
rocky
6 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Great workout

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no shade
12 days ago

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rocky
12 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Love it, I go weekly

hiking
no shade
18 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

I like it,Very enjoy.

hiking
no shade
20 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

I love this hike! I usually park at the Stanford avenue and I take the loop and it’s a perfect workout!

hiking
no shade
24 days ago

Fun hike during the weekday, super crowded on weekends. At the start, the trailhead divides into a left and right fork. Left sends you clockwise which is on a nice gravel path to the top. Right send you counterclockwise on a dirt path, where the first gate was locked, but easy to climb over. Counterclockwise is harder and definitely the path less travelled. There’s literally no shade on this hike so make sure to sunscreen, hats and cover, and water up! Saw garbage at the top. Empty water bottles, paper wrappers, and a T-shirt?! Please be respectful and leave nothing but footprints. I tried to pack out as much trash as I could.

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