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

trail running

walking

bird watching

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

2 days ago

This offers great views. Last stretch is tough but doable for ppl in avg shape. There will be a lot of cows on the way - they are calm and harmless. We did this two times - first one was in summer but hill was warm and no green grass. But last week it was great with green all around.

hiking
2 days ago

I’ve done this trail about 8 times, but I felt the need to write a review after this recent hike. It’s extremely muddy after recent rain (to be expected) but people risk their safety and also go off-trail despite the signs just to get the picture at the summit. Please be smart, have the right gear (don’t just wear sneakers, it’s rated hard for a reason), and take your trash with you!

hiking
muddy
no shade
washed out
2 days ago

This hike is not a true hike for those that love the outdoors. It’s just a super wide road that goes up to the peak. If you’re going after rain, stay away! The mud is incredibly dense and you’ll slide all over the place when coming down. The trail is very dense with people since it seems this is the closest place to outdoors bougie San Jose folks like to go to

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muddy
8 days ago

bonito lugar para caminar con tu pareja y tu perro

hiking
16 days ago

Winter is the perfect time to hike Mission Peak and its surroundings because the hills are green and weather is nice. But it is just too crowded. Given its location, it is a good training ground for beginner.

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muddy
no shade
17 days ago

this is my 2nd time completing this trail. The trail basically goes uphill from start to finish. I highly recommend hiking boots. when I went there was some muddy areas due to the rainfall the day before. We got there about 10:20am and finished the trail before 2pm (with a 30 min break) on Presidents Day. It was a Monday, there was many people going up on my way down. The weather was perfect from when we started and ended. I recommend wearing a wind breaker because it do get very windy at the top! Also knee pads if you have knee problems. Make sure you bring plenty of water! that is very important. parking is limited so the earlier you go the better. we didnt encounter much cattle which is good but there was cow poop all over the trail, so keep an eye out. sun block is recommended if you are going during warmer months. I had my skin peel before because of the sun burn. I would definitely do this hike again! its challenging and I loved it! at the end of the hike I did over 20,000 steps on my Fitbit! just pace yourself.

no shade
23 days ago

Great trail! Amazing views all the way. Long steep stretches. Fun rocky hike near the top. No shade almost all the way. Bring lots of water and also sunscreen(depending on conditions). Cows grazing all over the place... Also watch out for cow poop... It's practically everywhere!... To complete the loop, you have to go through a few gates and it looks like you are going off trail because of the wire fences but you are actually not.. The fence is to keep cows out (I think), and not hikers... I think many people were simply going back the way they came from after reaching the top because of this confusion... It seems to be one of the most popular trails in the area so be prepared to see a lot of people on weekends.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail, did it couple of times and would love to do it again!

1 month ago

Much harder than expected

hiking
1 month ago

Depending on the weather it can be killer in the heat or cold (during winter)

Make sure to wear proper hiking shoes, as I saw a vast majority of people wearing running/sneaker shoes. There are a few patches of loose gravel. You’ve been warned

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve done this trail twice: once in September and once a few days ago in December. It’s a great workout and quite a challenge! The scenery is beautiful the whole way up but particularly incredible at the peak. There was a little Christmas tree at the summit in December! Bring plenty of water and sun screen. If you don’t stop, you can get up and back down in between 2-2.5 hours. I recommend bringing a snack to eat at the top and enjoying the scenery before your hike down hill. I’ll definitely do this again!

1 month ago

It is really windy today and lots lots of people. It took us, two adults, five kids 4 and a half hours to finish the entire loop. My phone showed we actually walked 6.8 miles, not 5.8. One of the hardest trail we walked so far.

hiking
1 month ago

We started at 8:45 am and finished by 10:30 am . Hard hike but Felt great after done . This year achievement has been successful . :)
It was freezing up on the peak , can’t feel my ears and arms . so sensitive hands ,please carry gloves .

1 month ago

Amazing views. parked at ohlone, used peak trail to do a loop and I clocked in 10 miles!!! So make sure you have plenty of time. One of my fav hikes in the bay. Beautiful sunset though it is crowded. All in sun

hiking
1 month ago

Hard hike, awesome views but BE AWARE where you park. There are low lives prowling around looking for unsuspecting victims. My car was broken into. Really heart breaking when you accomplish such a hike and come back to realize your car was broken into

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout. Saw lots of cows, make sure you avoid their dung on the trail. View is incredible

1 month ago

Beautiful flat hike! Best for winter months with cold winds and mild sun. Cows are pretty friendly, just stay away from young ones, they feel threatened easily.

2 months ago

awesome hike and almost had to carry my mom down. great views

2 months ago

Hard but worth it! Feeling accomplished and view is beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely hard. No shade. Wear a cap or some sort of shades. Take water and snacks. Beautiful views from the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on November 11, 2018. Started the hike at 8am. It was a cold and windy day. Although it’s pretty steep from the beginning itself, make sure not to give up in the first 45 minutes. The last 0.3 miles towards the top gets exciting by making a path to the top amidst gravel incline. The view of the Bay from the top is just wow. Uphill and downhill can be done in 1.5hours each. Total time taken was 3.5 hours with a 30min rest at the top.
Do not forget to carry a liter of water and some energy snacks.

hiking
3 months ago

I’ve done this loop dozens of times and it’s always nice. Wonderful views of the Bay! The section to the south is far less traveled. The peak can be a bit windy and/or chilly, so bring a light jacket if you plan on hanging out.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely a hard trail with little shade and the sun coming down on your skin. Arrived at the entrance at 6:30 am and it was the best decision because by 8 am the sun was beaming. Beautiful views with a great feeling of accomplishment afterwards. I Recommend getting there super early no later than 7 if you want to avoid the sun and enjoy the sunrise

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Was a difficult hike but the views along the way is fantastic specially seeing clouds beneath you!

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