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“Moderate hike” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mission Peak Regional Preserve

Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Stanford Avenue, Fremont, CA
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Fremont
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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“Moderate hike”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I would group this into a moderate hike category. If you are in good shape and exercise regularly you should be done well within 3 hours. There is no tree cover and if it is a cloudy day you don't get any views of the bay either.

Visited July 2013
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“Amazing views of Silicon Valley”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

THis is a short but moderate hike to mission peak. from the Stanford road trail head The trail splits into two, the right fork is less popular as it is a bit steeper. Either trail is Non-stop up hill all the way. It can get very hot as there is almost no shade on the trail. So early morning or evenings are the best time. The views of the bay and the silicon valley are amazing. IN the evening great views of sunset. Restroom at the trailhead and a portable near the top.
The only down side is that this trail has become very popular and parking could be on the street and as far as half a mile from the trail head.

Visited July 2013
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“Great hiking with easy access”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

high ascent hike, conveniently located to both 880 and 680 unlike most other places where you have to drive a while to get to the trailheads.Best season to hike is late spring with wildflowers all over the hills. best time to hike is late afternoon to enjoy the sunset as you descend. Moonlight hikes are fun too. Unfortunately the trail is very popular and parking is becoming harder and harder every day.

Visited May 2013
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“Mission Peak A Very Popular Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Been going to this Regional Preserve for more than 20 years. In that time, it has changed a lot. When I first started, I would hardly run into anyone. Now, especially on the weekends, it looks like a special event is happening with hundreds of people on the trail at the same time.

This park has some of the best views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. From the top with a good set of binoculars, you can see downtown San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose at the same time. Looking to the East, you can view the snow capped mountains of the Sierras on a clear day or catch a glimpse of Downtown Sacramento.

Be prepared to carry quite a bit of water during the summer months. This is an expert rated trail and there is very little shade on the trail that starts at Stanford Ave. If you are more a novice, go to the Ohlone College entrance where there is ample parking and the trail is much less steep and offers more shade.

Whichever entrance you go to, expect an approximate 3 mile climb with an elevational gain of over 2100 feet. The Stanford Ave. Staging Area, offer only about 45 cars of parking spaces so you will have to come early on weekends to grab one. Or expect to park a half mile away since this is a very popular park on Saturday and Sunday.

Make sure to wear the correct clothing and shoes. I have seen too often, people overheat and pass out or they slip and fall wearing the wrong type of shoes. Flip-flops, Vans and basketball shoes shouldn't venture here.

Also, I would recommend to everyone to stay on the main trail. Too many people have created shortcuts that ruin the hillside and damage the ecosystem. I noticed people taking these illegal trails and leaving water bottles and garbage thinking someone else will pick it up. Can't people realize that they need on the main trail and not pretend that they don't see the signs and fencing keeping them out! Sorry for the soapbox speech but I just people to realize they need to take care of this park for years to come.

For those wanting an even tougher workout, try the Horse Heaven Trail towards the right just a little ways past the entrance to the park on Stanford Ave. Guaranteed to build muscle and increase your heart rate. It is about 25% steeper than the main trail everyone uses at the Stanford entrance.

As far as wildlife to be seen, you will encounter cows, coyotes, rattlesnakes, bobcats, skunks, deer, golden eagles, hawks and the numerous ground squirrels that help to feed this ecosystem. If you make it to the top, look at the ground and you will find fossil remains of marine life from millions of years ago. Also look for the stone grinding holes or circular rock formations on the back side of Mission Peak. Those were made by the Ohlone people over 1000 years ago.

Overall, Mission Peak gives you an intense and quick workout but also provides incredible views of the surrounding area. There is history to be found in the park. Expect lots of people and difficult parking on Saturday and Sunday. Don't forget to try the entrance at Ohlone College to get away from the crowds and parking problem at Stanford Ave. And please, stay on the main trail to keep Mission Peak healthy. We all want to use the park for years to come.

Visited July 2013
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“Very nice day hike, great view.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is an afternoon hike, there are some pretty uphill bits, but mostly it is a very nice walk. There are usually wild turkeys about and deer. Cows too, but they mind there're own business ;-). Once at the top the view is really nice. There is a bathroom near the top, but that is the only one, just so you know.

Visited July 2013
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