Hike Mission Peak

Mission Peak Regional Preserve - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

Enjoy snacks and stunning Bay Area views at the peak of this hike. This is a 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 (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 unique hike with amazing views – definitely well worth the effort.

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Photos:Satish Jothikumar

Distance

6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2100 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Groups
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Mark Savella

about 3 years ago

Strenuous Hike, Stunning View

I've done this hike at least 20 times last year. In the warmer months, I highly recommend going as early as possible (630am) I've made the mistake of going around 10/11am and would feel the intensity of the sun. If you're coming here and expecting it to be a breeze, think again. I've brought plenty of people with me for their first time and it's always a struggle for them. However, the view is worth it and accomplishing such a strenuous hike feels awesome. Pack plenty of water, a snack to enjoy once you reach the top (apples/bananas/carb), sunblock, hat/visor, light jacket as it can be pretty windy at the top. Of course depending on the weather it can be pretty gloomy/foggy. I've gone when it was raining a couple of times and you do slide, so take your time if you decide to go on a rainy day.

Cate Ayson

about 3 years ago

Summer Hike

Hiked mission peak once in the summer, and let me tell you, worst idea ever. Not only was it so crowded but it was terribly hot. And to make matters worse, the trail is all dirt so it easily kicks up leaving you gasping for air. The hike is all up hill without shade so bring tons of water. In all, Mission peak is way over rated and I'll probably never hike here again.

Nicole Sumner

over 3 years ago

Classic East Bay Leg Burner

I parked by Ohlone college and made a longer hike out it. We were mostly alone on the trail until we met up with the masses of hikers coming up from Stanford Avenue. Thought this was a great local hike, varying trees and views, and a solid leg burner. Plus it's dog-friendly which is always great in my book!

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