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 common. 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 Mission 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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  • Beautiful open area. It's very popular among hikers. Jan-Apr is the best time for hiking and enjoying beautiful greenery all around. You will get amazing views of the silicon valley from the top. Hike is relatively easy on terms of terrain. It mostly flat soil, except for the last part which has rocks.
  • This place is always a fun place to go to. This is probably the best trail to go around here. There are a lot of steep parts and elevation but this is what I grew up with. There are some other nice scenic trials but this is a great way to bond with friends and workout at the same time. I just don't like some disrespecting people who blast their music but other wise everyone is nice there. Parking isn't hard to find but I do recommend going early like 6am. Any later than 8 would be too hot and you wouldn't want to be soaking wet in sweat. You'll sweat regardless if it's cold. I've been here countless times.
  • This place is so beautiful. There are cows everywhere, but also coyotes so just be on the lookout. The hike to the top is almost 4 miles, and is no joke, so bring water for you and your dog. Maybe even snacks, because there are benches to take breaks, but be sure to clean up after yourselves. It's usually very windy at the top, so bring a light jacket if it's hot. The best time to come is springtime, so the hills are green. I loved this hike, there are nice views, and it's somewhat challenging.
  • This place is just gorgeous. The walk is pretty intense and steep but it completely worth the views. You have to make sure to take a bottle of water as there isn't any available and you will need it, specially when the weather gets warmer. From the top of the peak you have wonderful views of the bay. If you can do the walk at the end of the day and view the sunset from the top, do it! It's breathtaking (but take a lantern for your walk down)
  • One of my favorite hikes. I find it's best to hike here early in the morning 6:30am and be back by 9 if you hike with a medium pace. The trail is crowded when the weather is good, but the path is wide enough to accommodate the crowd. Limited parking. But you have plenty of street parking.
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