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Too crowded. Too exposed in summer and fall.

Pros: great workout and great views at the top.
Cons: parking is the worst and if you enjoy solitude in nature, any other option is better considering this is one of the most popular hikes in the Bay Area.

Hiked up Mission Peak on a Wednesday morning. Stanford lot was full by 9:30AM, so we parked in the residential neighborhood (FYI signs posted say no parking Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays).

When the trail forked, we took the left route since that's what most of the people were taking. With two kids and a small dog, it took us 4 hours round trip (3 hrs uphill, 1 hr downhill). We stopped at the big boulders at the peak since the kids were exhausted and it started to rain. Will have to take that scenic selfie shot some other time. Had to carry dog on the way back since his paws were getting packed on with mud.

Since our pace was so slow, it was very doable. Senior citizens were passing us up and some even cheered on my kids, which I appreciated. I recommend dressing in layers because we were dripping in sweat the first hour but were freezing cold by the time we reached the peak. Our glutes hurt the next day, so mission accomplished :)

Such an amazing trail! Definitely not for the beginners in hiking due to the extreme elevation but still amazing once you reach the top.

Hiking here is awesome to get proper workouts for your leg. Try this hiking spot

Great uphill workout with beautiful views. Good go-to hike on a cooler day.

Not too hard, not too easy, perfect short workout for them legs. About 1.5 hrs to top with breaks, and an easy 1 hr to the bottom. Hardest part is parking during weekends. Stay away from the cows, had one charging at me for no reason.

Great hike and great views!!! Trail is a little crowded but if you have a chance to do a sunrise hike or go on a weekday morning it’s ideal :)

Beautiful views throughout, wide dirt/gravel trail, no tree cover so your experience will depend on weather. My mom and I picked a clear Saturday afternoon in mid-December, 60°F. We faced some pretty high winds: 25mph hiking up, felt like double that on the peak. The trail was only lightly trafficked during our hike, probably because of the high winds and later time. We parked at the staging area and hiked the same half of the loop (6 miles RT, 2000ft elevation gain) going up and down. We took the clockwise leg of the loop. Total trip was 2.5 hours; 1.5 hours going up, 1 hour going down, at a steady pace. We started at 2:30pm, made it to the top by 4, chilled at the peak for a bit, and were down by 5:15pm. With our conditions, I'd rate this hike a moderate.

The workout and view deserve 5 stars, but I'm knocking one down because I felt most of the hike was very tedious. I usually go for mixed terrain, narrow footpath or forest trail type of hikes, with lots of alternating uphill and downhill. Corduroy Hills in Las Trampas is a local fav. This was a steady uphill, and while the view was beautiful, the hike itself didn't feel very rewarding until we reached the top. Conversely, the last quarter mile or so was rather thrilling; a short but very steep climb, some navigating around rocks and loose gravel, precarious with the very high winds. We were treated to a fun surprise at the top--someone(s) had hauled up a xmas tree and attached it to the marker! (See pics attached) We caught the sunset on the way down.

Bring plenty of water (1L per person), the entire trail is uphill at a pretty steep incline. I'd expect it to be pretty rough during the summer. Bring a hat as there is no shade, and shoes with good traction--there's a lot of loose gravel at the top, and going down is a slippery at times. Worth checking out; the experience is a bit unique from other trails I've hiked in the Bay.

got sweaty, but feeling great !!!

pretty good trail, especially for a nice workout. It can get really hot during the noon.

Tough ascent, no trees , open to all the elements. I like more woods.

i love hiking this trail. Along the way, i stop by to look and take pictures of nature. i will gladly recommend this to anyone. Make sure you have plenty of water and a light snack like a banana or an energy bar to sanck on the top of the peak, just enjoying the view and taking in the best of nature!!

This trail is within 10 minutes of my boyfriend's parent's house, and we do it almost every time we visit them to get a good workout in. It's definitely a good uphill challenge, and be sure to bring plenty of water if you're doing it in the summer - the sun is not forgiving and there is very little cover on this trail. Pretty extensive views of the surrounding suburbs/bay area/rolling hills behind from the very top. If you're in the Fremont area and don't have the time to commit to 1+ hour drives to get to some of the larger national/state parks, this is definitely worth hiking!

Enjoyed the challenging hike but very dusty and no views along the way

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