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Mission Peak via Hidden Valley Trail

Fremont, California

based on 22 reviews



6.16 miles

Elevation Gain

2116 ft

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Mission Peak via Hidden Valley Trail takes you to scenic views of the bay area and valley to the east. This is an amazing trail to be on at sunset!

Breathtaking views of the Bay Area are your reward for making this climb to the top of Mission Peak. It’s a 3-mile trek to the top of the peak and then back down the same way. This is a moderate hike that provides a nice workout – so be prepared.

Park at the Stanford Avenue entrance gate. There is enough parking for about 20 cars, but if it’s full, there’s plenty of parking available along Stanford Avenue. Keep in mind that there are hours for both the parking area and the park (Learn More). Start by taking the Ohlone Wilderness Trail/Hidden Valley Trail (1.5 miles) to the Peak Meadow Trail (0.6 miles). Next, take the Grove Trail (0.2 miles) to a short connector trail (0.2 miles), and then to the Peak Trail (0.5 miles) to the summit. Retrace your steps on your descent.

Start times for this hike vary depending on the time of the year, but it’s best to start this hike a few hours prior to sunset. Once you get to the top, relax with some food and/or your favorite beverage, and enjoy the views. It will probably be a bit breezy and chilly, so dress in layers and be prepared to bundle up.

If you’ll be hiking down close to dark, make sure to bring headlamps or flashlights. This is a unique hike with amazing views – definitely well worth the effort.

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The Stafford Parking hours are 6:30am-8:00pm Dec 31-Mar 31; 6:30am-9pm Apr 1 - Dec 22

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Mission Peak via Hidden Valley Trail Reviews

10/10 hard 10/10 views. Probably would only do it in the spring time only and avoid summer since it’s just direct sunlight. The views are amazing.

Iconic for anyone in the east bay. Popular among high school students and gets very crowded. Avoid the line at the top by going earlier in the morning

Expect lots of people and no shade.

This hike is all about the view, which can be seen along almost every part of the trail. The trail itself is not that interesting. Lots of cow, constant uphill, nothing but unshaded switchbacks until you get near the top. Then its a climb over rocks.

This was a challenging hike. Great views. Hearing and seeing the cows made it more fun. I feel like it's a very iconic East Bay area hike, so I am very glad I did it. Bring layers and plenty of water. Get started early. Lots of hikers. Parking can be a pain, pay close attention to signs as they love to ticket people around here.

This was a great hike in late afternoon 50 degree weather! Hot going up, pretty chilly at the peak! Insane views of the bay and eastern hills. Some areas very steep, but very worth it once you reach the top. The cows made this hike extra special! Parking is limited, but the neighborhood next door has parking on the street.

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