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Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont
(4.4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Mission Peak Regional Preserve is a public park east of Fremont, California, operated by the East Bay Regional Park District. It is the northern summit on a ridge that includes Mount Allison and Monument Peak. Mission Peak has symbolic importance, and is depicted on the logo of the City of Fremont.Hiking and bicyclingThis park borders and overlooks Silicon Valley, and is popular with local hikers, bicyclists, sightseers from the Bay Area, and tourists from beyond for its vista and strenuous climb. The "Mission Peeker" marker pole at the summit is the most famous and geo-tagged landmark in the City of Fremont: a stream of sightseers takes photographs alongside the landmark. The Stanford Avenue entrance receives several thousand visitors per day on weekends. Visitor numbers surged after 2010, and it is the most popular attraction in Fremont.A full six-mile (10 km) round-trip ascent on a popular trail takes two to five hours for walkers, one to one-and-a-half hours for bicyclists and runners. Difficulty with the midday sun, such as dehydration, is not uncommon. Guidelines recommend carrying two liters of water per person, extra water for dogs, and sun protection. Signs prohibit off-trail shortcuts which can cause erosion, and some shortcuts have barbed wire fencing to reduce trespassing.Three trails climb the mountain's northern and western faces. The Hidden Valley Trail which draws the lion's share of visitors and the Peak Meadow Trail both ascend the western face from Stanford Avenue. They have an elevation change of 2100 ft, with panoramic views of the Bay Area but are sun exposed with little shade. The Stanford Avenue entrance has water and restrooms. No food, water bottles or supplies are sold at the park. The Park District is directing visitors to the Peak Trail which starts at Ohlone College. This has an elevation change of 2100 ft, and is 10% longer than the Hidden Valley Trail. The Peak Trail (Ohlone College) entrance has restrooms but no water.
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  • I didn't quite know what to expect, but the hike on the Stanford trail was steep, but with incredible views of the Bay Area! I recommend giving yourself plenty of time for the hike (especially if you ...  more »
  • Not a regular hiker!!! Went with some of my friends on a Saturday morning around 6:30am . Parking was hard to find and the starting point of the trail is buzzing with folks like a 24 hour fitness GYM ...  more »
  • It's always a great walk. I only hit the top 'bout a third of the time, and it's still good aerobic activity and the variety is nice too. My favorite is the Grove Trail, because and despite its infreq...  more »
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  • A good, ~5 mile RT hike -- best to start no later than 7:30am to avoid baking in the sun while going up and back down (you're pretty much exposed to the sun the entire way). The trail used to be better paved and less crowded, but now it's like a buffet line once you get to the peak. Everyone wants to get that photo in for their IG post (hey I'm guilty of it too!). This is a great option for a workout if you're looking to burn those calories you gained from your gluttonous dinner the night before.
  • Mission Peak is a pretty good, though steep, trail. As there is not a lot of shade, I recommend to start really early, otherwise the sun will grill you on the way up! In parts, the hike is pretty steep up hill, and mostly dusty earth. There are a few stops with benches on the way up, those vistas offer a good few over the south tip of the bay. As the trail is dog friendly, there are water bowls chained to almsot each bench, so you can just bring water and don't need a bowl for your dog. Bring enough waste bags, as there are none on the trail. Once you get beyond the last rest, expect some wind up there, I recommend bringing a light windbreaker. Also, expect a queue at the peak for taking a photo on the very top :)
  • Beautiful park. Good medium intensity 2.5-3mile hike to reach the top. Perfect place to see sunset over the Bay Area. Have some water for yourself and your pet. There is a water fountain and portable toilets at the entrance. Parking gets full quickly but can park on the street next to it.
  • The hike was beautiful. You have a great view on the bay. There seems to be quite some traffic during the weekends. It's ideal to bring your dog.
  • Great place to hike. Been there multiple times. I do recommend to go in the morning.