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

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Brad Murphy

over 4 years ago

Boring hike.

The trail is really well maintained and plenty wide. Consider doing this an hour or two before sunset as the viewpoints up the hike are amazing. There are several benches along the trail to rest or take in the view. As mentioned earlier, bring a jacket (maybe a beanie) if you're planning on going up at night. The summit can get pretty windy and cold.

Jay Robinson

over 4 years ago

Under a full moon you don’t need a flashlight 100%, but it is still nice to have. Headlamps even better. Bring a jacket because it gets windy at night.