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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  • Mission Peak is the best hiking with stunning views of the Bay. On clear days you can even see the skyline of San Francisco. It is a reasonably steep hike and has practically no shade. Make sure you c...  more »
  • Great hike, go early to beat the crowd but well worth the trip. Beautiful view of the bay, not a easy trek but take your time and enjoy.  more »
  • Mission peak was super hard but duable. I went with my 7 year old daughter so we were going at a very slow pace. Was tiring but definitely worth the view. If it's your first time I would definitely wa...  more »

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