Hike Mission Peak

6 miles 2100 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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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almost 5 years ago

Fantastic views from the top

The first time I hiked this mountain was in the darkness of night. Luckily, there was enough moonlight to pierce the fog around us where we didn't need flashlights. My college friends and I wanted to reach the top before sunrise. Once we did, the view was amazing. We stood there above this blanket of clouds watching as the sun peaked from underneath. I would definitely advise coming here early because the trail from start to end has no shade whatsoever. Not only that, this is a popular trail, so there will be a lot of traffic. The trails, though barren and stiff, are very wide to accommodate the amount everyone.

almost 5 years ago

Strenuous Hike, Stunning View

I've done this hike at least 20 times last year. In the warmer months, I highly recommend going as early as possible (630am) I've made the mistake of going around 10/11am and would feel the intensity of the sun. If you're coming here and expecting it to be a breeze, think again. I've brought plenty of people with me for their first time and it's always a struggle for them. However, the view is worth it and accomplishing such a strenuous hike feels awesome. Pack plenty of water, a snack to enjoy once you reach the top (apples/bananas/carb), sunblock, hat/visor, light jacket as it can be pretty windy at the top. Of course depending on the weather it can be pretty gloomy/foggy. I've gone when it was raining a couple of times and you do slide, so take your time if you decide to go on a rainy day.

almost 5 years ago

Summer Hike

Hiked mission peak once in the summer, and let me tell you, worst idea ever. Not only was it so crowded but it was terribly hot. And to make matters worse, the trail is all dirt so it easily kicks up leaving you gasping for air. The hike is all up hill without shade so bring tons of water. In all, Mission peak is way over rated and I'll probably never hike here again.

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