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Nice view. Need lot of leg work and zeal to accomplish this trail.

I've walked this twice and both times felt it is over rated. The wide fire track is boring to walk on and the terrain stays the same (almost) the whole way up.

On a clear day the views are definitely worthwhile but again, these are not views unique to Mission Peak.

Constant gradient and well paved trail. Good for training.

3/4/18 My first try was a few years ago. 20-30 lbs heavier and only made it 1/2 way up, stopping multiple times. This time made it up nonstop in good time. Started at 9:30, reaches the top at 11, then ran back down to complete at 11:35. Climb is a little difficult, definitely not an easy one for beginners. Day was cool and clear. Got stuck in one of the patches of mud left over from the previous days rain and had to wriggle my feet loose, was fun. Traffic was moderate along with some cows. The view from the top was absolutely gorgeous. I could see all of the Bay. I will for sure be hiking this one again.

No shade, my dogs and I over heated 20 min into the hike. The day we went we saw a lot of people running down the hill with their dogs who were over heated. If you go, go early in the morning or it will be too hot.

The view is SPECTACULAR! To avoid the crowds and find easy parking, I recommend parking in the Ohlone College parking garage. It’s free.

This trail is totally separate from the one that 90% of the Bay Area use. It’s also more beautiful, imho. The two trails converge near the summit.


Mission Peak is a Bay Area and local legend. The place that instagram ruined. if you havent been you have to go. If youve been before there are plenty of alternate routes via Ohlone, Sunol, or the beastly HH to avoid the crowds.

No shadow, elevation change dramatically, windy at high altitude, nice view

Not for the lighthearted. Great challenge! Get ready to work your legs out.

Great workout! All uphill and then all downhill. The entire trail is exposed. It was hot on the day I went, so the sun was scorching hot. It's a pretty busy trail. Parking can be an issue.
I really enjoyed the workout but when I think back to the crowds, the sun and heat, I can't imagine myself doing this hike again.

Great challenging hike with zero aesthetically pleasing vegetation. View at the top is alright with notable views of Mt Diablo, and the south part of the bay. For an added challenge, take the trail to the right (in the beginning) and take Horse's Haven. I've met people that take this near vertical climb with 50lb bags to prepare for Half-dome. Parking sucks - I used to go three days out of the week. Now, I don't bother anymore with all the people and the line to take a picture of the pole. IT'S ONLY A POLE. Hiking times - expect 3 hours for up and down hiking. For more experienced hikers, you should be able to finish in a less than two hours if you don't spend too much time at the top.

One of the most unique trails I've ever been on in the bay area!

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.

2 months ago

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!!

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