Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont

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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 up to two 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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  • Incredible view, but you have to be in good physical condition and a mountain. Two places to access, each pe of the Ohlone College, further. Other and Stanford Avenue. but this area is now under control. also now the OIlhone college costs $4.00. Public holidays and for free. Changed much now the people complained of Stanford Avenue, and exta in flux. You be careful pay porquepode fine until of $300.00..
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  • I hiked up the typical route and came down the Peak Road trail. The latter is steeper and longer. My Suunto sports watch said 5.54 miles forr the whole loop. The main trail is heavily used, and I enco...  more »
  • It is a hard hike to the summit of Mission Peak, but once there the views are outstanding especially after a rain with the view, clear and sparkling. Bring water and perhaps a snack.. If you have hiki...  more »
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  • Amazing trek, one can’t visit the bay without visiting the Hills East of San Francisco’s. U like hiking then it’s a must one trek up Mission Peak and tap the wooden pole up on top. Don’t forget the photo opportunity to prove you made it to the top. Enjoy trekkers.
  • This is a great hiking trail and you dont have to go way out of town to do this. Be warned - it's much longer than it looks - set a good 3-4 hours to do this. But the views are worth it. it's moderate enough for the non-athletic types and challenging enough to give you a good workout. The only caveat is the lack of tree cover - so take plenty of water esp in summer. But the views are awesome all along the way and on the top. Don't forget to take a picture on the pole at the very top. Weekends it gets busy in the morning and getting parking can be a challenge - wake way early for a good spot. It's a fun hike. Spring is the best time
  • It’s my one of the favorite hiking course, but you need to be careful for parking. I parked right front of the trailhead at 6am. It’s was in the parking space for the mission peak but I got a violation!!!!! They said PARKED OUTSIDE MARKED SPACE! Which is not true !! All other people got violations same way. One guy told me police made money this way and it’s happened every weekend at mission peak...
  • Great views as the hike leads up quickly. Quiet hard steep towards the end. It took me 2 hours up with short breaks and 1 hour down. Very few shades so not good on very hot sunny days. Get plenty of water.
  • A hike to top of the mission peak is one of the beginner level hikes to start with. It is easily doable by any one. We need to reach the base early to get a parking close to the starting point. Carry water as you don't find anything on the way up. Scenic views around will be breath taking with cool breeze on the top.

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