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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 Fremont, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking 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

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Running

Partially paved

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

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Getting There

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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Brittany Horton
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Super tough hike but absolutely worth the Veiw! Took two of us three hours and we’re pretty avid hikers. Recommend hitting this on a weekday opposed to a weekend

Elissa Salas
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Hiking

Matthew’s new shoes Mike’s past eating jack in the box >.>

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Amelia Figz
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HikingNo shade

Get there early in the summer to avoid the heat. Lots of distances w little to no shade, sometimes hills block sunrays depending on time of day. Can’t stress this enough: Take Plenty of water + spf. • Saw at least 3 people suffering from Heat Stroke + 1 carried away on ambulance. Saw many folks w ridiculously small amts of H2O smh.. Take at-least 1-2 liters in the summer heat. • also saw at least 9+ peeps who were no joke Beet Red from lack of coverage from the sun. I was there 7a-12p, arms n shoulders are a bit sunburned. Get there earlier if poss or at sundown (check park for hours) I did this trail counterclockwise n glad I did; it felt like it was the steeper option aka greater incline, less distance - as opposed to clockwise - where the elevation is stretched out over more solid grounding, less of a climb. Just for emphasis Take Lots of H2O and SPF if fair skinned!!!

Ryan Scheidemantle
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Jacky Torres
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HikingNo shade

Long hike up, prepare yourself! There were resting areas to take a quick break.

Teresita Padilla
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HikingNo shade

Great workout since it is very steep. The view is definitely worth it once you get to the top. Do brings lots of water, and good shoes. Please note the pole is closed at the moment (can’t stand on it)

Sheryl Ganitano
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Manish Ravula
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HikingNo shadeScramble
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Dennis So
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HikingNo shade
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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Love the challenge of this trail. Hiked it multiple times. Recommend hiking early to beat the heat and crowds. However, the best view from the peak is during sunset. Please practice good trail etiquette. Enjoy!

Michael Flores
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Hiking

Easy money

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Adam Mendonça
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HikingNo shade

It’s open again! The front face is full of people but the back half is basically empty!

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Ron Abueg
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Rosendo Garcia
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HikingNo shade

Hardly any shade . On a hot day it’ll be brutal

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Parkala Akshay
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Was one heck of a steep from the beginning! Bring atleast a litre of water and make sure to put loads of sunscreen. I recommend doing this hike post-summer, since the wildflowers seem to be the only spectacle throughout the trail, except the view of the bay from the top. I attempted this mid-june and the grass and wildflowers were all dry.

Jessica Watson
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Mariana Magana
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Hiking

Nice trail. It was my first time and it took me 2 hours and 10 minutes round trip. I didn’t get much a view because I started walking at 7:30 and once I got to the top it was just all clouds. I will definitely be doing this again!

Ryuichi E
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Hiking

Really pretty hike. I like this route better than the Ohlone College route, although this one is quite a bit harder and less trafficked. If you’re a fairly experienced hiker looking for more of a challenge do this hike. Otherwise do the Ohlone trail.

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Linda Calderon
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HikingBugsNo shade

A tough climb to the peak! Must bring water and hat to save yourself from heat exhaustion. It’s definitely not a beginners trail but well worth the effort

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Gabriela Shultz
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Hiking

This was a hard one. At least an hour plus straight up. All exposed. Bring sunscreen and water. I would not do this on a very hot day.

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Génevieve Tiangco
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Incline from the beginning of the trail all the way to the summit. Bring lots of water and be conscious with the weather. In other words. The sun could be out and it may hot, but once you get to the summit the weather can change rapidly, it’s cold and can get extremely windy! Also, heavy foot traffic, I got there at 10am, rather than 6/7am. If you’re good to o trek this summit go there early between 6-7am is the best time to feel peace And enjoy quietness. Overall, a rewarding hike and my dog and I were happy on our adventure! Beautiful landscapes and positive energy from people.

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Ramsey A'Ve
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Hiking

Always a solid hike great views of Bay Area. Night hikes are solid and limited bugs. Into nature? The cows are active. Wear sunscreen bring water

Tiffany Marie Faulkner
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Hiking

Great trail but currently closed at the Stanford entrance

Sash Mullins
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Hiking

Oh so awful. Not hiking. Sludging uphill. Sweating- no tree cover. Literally thousands of people. Nothing to look at. At the top a bunch of idiots taking selfies standing on a pole stuck in a rock.

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