Hike Mission Peak

6 Miles Round Trip - 2100 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


6 Miles
2100 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Rhona Aragon

almost 4 years ago

First Timer

The first time that I hiked Mission Peak was w/ my two cousins. So, I was completely unaware on what it would be like. One of my cousins has hiked Mission Peak many times & she says that hiking up there is literally walking straight up & she was right. I didn't think I was gonna make it all the way the top, it took us about an hour & a half to get up to the top & about half an hour to get down. If you were looking for a place to that has a perfect view, its Mission Peak. Highly recommend!

Sam Knuth

about 4 years ago

Sunrise Views

I recommend starting at the Ohlone College parking structure instead of at the Stanford Avenue Staging Area. There is plenty of parking and the trail to the peak is easily located. This trail has more shade and takes a more gradual ascent up the peak. I started at 5:00 am and caught the sunrise at the top at 7:00 am with lots of breaks on the way up. I was also alone with my group at the peak until around 7:15 am. Take note that this version of the hike is around 8 miles round trip but you will not regret it. Also, do not forget to bring water! On my way down, I saw a lot of people that were not prepared at all for this hike so please, evaluate your fitness and preparedness before you decide to just jump into it. Remember, this hike is all the way up, and then all the way down with little to no easy hiking.

Good hike with friends, if you aren't use to hiking or active life style make sure you stretch after lol or you will be sore the next day