Hike Mission Peak

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Distance

6 miles

Elevation Gain

2100 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

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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🥇Top Contributor

2 months ago

Crowded hike

Iconic for anyone in the east bay. Popular among high school students and gets very crowded. Avoid the line at the top by going earlier in the morning

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7 months ago

Nice work out.

Expect lots of people and no shade.

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7 months ago

Great view, not as interesting trail

This hike is all about the view, which can be seen along almost every part of the trail. The trail itself is not that interesting. Lots of cow, constant uphill, nothing but unshaded switchbacks until you get near the top. Then its a climb over rocks.

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