Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area

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Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Warm Springs District, 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
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2191 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

NOTE: 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 are very rewarding. 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

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2 days ago

nice trail, tried couple 2times

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3 days ago

Definitely challenging. But a must do!

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3 days ago

Came here at around 9 on a Sunday morning during mid-August. Had to park on the streets about half a mile away from the trailhead. Like the description says this is a high traffic and hard hike and you will get a great workout for sure! There isn't much shade available so please carry plenty of water if you plan on going to the peak, it got really hot. I've seen better scenes on trails near Tahoe so this wasn't very scenic to me, but it wasn't too bad. Overall half of my Sunday was well spent, I'd come back again!

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Perfect hike if you're looking to actually sweat and get some good cardio in. Literally kicks your ass. This isn't a light hike.

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10 days ago

Great training loop; Horses Heaven side is much less traveled and has some cooler shady spots -- but very steep at points

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11 days ago

If it is dry and you like climbs, I recommend going the opposite way (up Horses Heaven and down Hidden Valley). There are small sections on Horses Heaven that are as steep as anything I've done in the Bay Area

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