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“A good hike” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mission Peak Regional Preserve

Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Stanford Avenue, Fremont, CA
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Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Fremont
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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fremont, ca
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“A good hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A day hike up to Mission Peak is a great way to spend the day. The views are amazing, and some of natures creatures ususally can be seen. The Ohlone trail is an easier trail to use, but a little longer.

Visited July 2013
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Sunnyvale, California
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“July 4th fireworks from Mission Peak”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We walked up the Mission peak trail on July 4th late evening to get a glimpse of the fireworks in different parts of the bay area from an elevation. We started the assent from Stanford Ave parking lot. Parking is limited but free. It took an hour and half to reach the peak. The trail is steep all the way and it was pretty dry and hot.
We could see the fireworks happening in some areas of Sunnyvale, Foster City, Fremont, San Jose, Campbell, Livermore etc. Lot of people had trekked up that evening. Although seeing the fireworks from an elevated point wasnt such a good idea but seeing the fireworks happening in multiple places simultaneously was good fun!

Visited July 2013
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“Mission Peak”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

It was an awesome experience.But was lengthy 2.87 miles to reach 2500 ft altitude.
Mostly path was flat road except at the end 0.5 miles.You can have a spectacular view of whole Bay area after reaching the summit.

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“Nice hike, great view, difficult parking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This park has gotten very popular in recent years. On weekdays, it is impossible to find parking in the Stanford Ave parking lot. In fact, depending on what time you go, you may need to park all the way down at Mission Blvd. If you'd rather pay a little for parking and go up the peak from a different route, consider parking at Ohlone College a few miles to the north. It's a longer route, but not as steep, and there's some shade in the beginning parts of the trail. You can also reach the peak from Ed R Levin County Park in Milpitas (significantly longer hike) or from Sunol Regional Park along the Ohlone Wilderness Trail (very much longer hike - and permit required).

Even from the Stanford Ave staging area (restroom, water available at trailhead) you can choose between one of two main routes up. Hidden Valley trail is the more direct, and more popular trail. Take it past the hang glider launch area to Peak Trail. An alternative with much less people, but a longer route (and felt like a harder climb) is the Peak Meadow to Horse Heaven trail. Neither trail will give you any shade, so put on sunblock, sunglasses and a hat. Also bring plenty of water, and you might want to bring a windbreaker or something warmer during cool weather, because the wind can get very strong near the peak.

If you're hoping for peace and quiet at the peak, you'll likely be disappointed. The last few times I was at the peak, there's around 30 to 40 people around at any one time. There'll be people talking loudly, shouting at each other, posing for photos, talking on cell phones. If you feel up to it, hike on to Mount Allison and Monument Peak, both of which are much quieter (and higher). If you can arrange for someone to meet you at Ed R Levin in Milpitas, you can hike up Mission Peak, follow the ridgeline all the way to Monument Peak, then down to Ed R Levin.

Visited March 2013
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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“Nature the best healer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

If you want to feel out of the city in only a couple of minutes this trail is for you. Located in east bay but in a few minutes into the trail you feel you a are out in the wilderness. Great views of the city of fremont from thr top. Only negative is it has started getting crowded so go at a non prak time.

Visited June 2013
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