Mission Peak Loop
The Mission Peak Loop is a revered adventure on the outskirts of Fremont that attracts hundreds of daily adventurers eager to indulge in the unrivaled views of the Bay Area. Not familiar with the hike? You’ll surely recognize the "Mission Peeker '' marker pole at the summit which is a frequently-photographed landmark often featured on the 'gram’.
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Route Description for Mission Peak Loop
Though insanely busy, the Mission Peak Loop is a requisite when visiting the Bay Area. Those eager to explore but are seeking a more secluded experience are encouraged to head out on weekday mornings when the crowds are often the lightest! Though this route is manageable by hikers of most skill levels and ages, the exposed terrain and tireless grade have proven challenging for a few novice hikers and children. Additionally, those with joint issues should use trekking poles to more easily navigate the terrain. Note that the path is made more technical after rainfall when the slate is slippery, and the chances of landslides are increased.
Wander through the California oak woodland and chaparral up to the famous “Mission Peeker” atop Mission Peak. This wonderful trail travels through dense communities’ sagebrush, chamise, scrub oak, and wildflower meadows often grazed by the feisty cattle that meander along the mountainside. Offering a diversity of flora, this route also boasts the opportunity to spot fauna, such as the aforementioned cattle, black-tailed deer, bobcats, gray foxes, golden eagles, squirrels, and rattlesnakes. To get the most out of this experience, we suggest heading out at dawn not only for the tranquility but to watch the sunrise awake the Bay Area. We love this adventure; let us know if you do too!
Your adventure along the Mission Peak Trail begins from the Mission Peak Trailhead off Stanford Ave. Setting out from the trailhead, hikers will be guided east along the Hidden Valley Trail. Soon after your departure, you will confront an intersection, veer left here, continuing along the Hidden Valley Trail. Gently climbing up the grade, you will be rewarded with wonderful views of the Santa Clara Valley along the way. As you hike, be mindful of your footing on the rocky, uneven terrain, and keep an eye and ear out for rattlesnakes. Admire the beauty of the grassy mountainside and notice the grazing cattle munching on the beautiful wildflowers that adorn the fields.
Navigating the winding path, you will eventually confront another junction, keep left onto the Hidden Valley Trail, diverting right onto the Eagle Trail at the following trail split. At the next juncture, turn right, and you will be delivered to the summit of Mission Peak. Revel in the panoramic views of San Francisco, San José, Oakland, and the bay in one direction, and the Diablo Mountain Range in the other. Here you will likely be in the company of dozens of climbers taking photos, relishing in the views, and climbing the “Mission Peeker.” When you are through admiring the beautiful scenery, continue southeast down the summit in the direction of Mount Allison.
After descending the rocky ridge, you will encounter another intersection, veer right onto the Horse Haven Trail, over Agua Caliente Creek, and back into the meadowlands of chaparral and oak. Be sure to appreciate the beauty of the encompassing landscape as you make your way down the mountain. Ultimately you will reach a juncture with the Meadow Peak Trail; keep left here, venturing this route through the meadowlands. This path will ultimately guide you back down the mountain and over Agua Caliente Creek once more. When you finally reach the junction with Hidden Valley Trail, turn left and retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead, marking the end of your adventure.
Mission Peak is a mountain in Alameda County to the east of Fremont, CA. Located in the Diablo Range, this summit stands at an elevation of 768 m, attracting eager adventurers year-round. The most popular attraction in the city, the mountain, is depicted in the logo for the City of Fremont.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to hike the Mission Peak Loop?
The Mission Peak Loop Hike can take anywhere between 3.5-5.5 hours, round-trip.
Is the Mission Peak Loop a challenging hike?
The Mission Peak Loop is a moderate-difficult adventure best enjoyed by intermediate hikers and families with older children.
Can you hike the Mission Peak Loop at night?
The Mission Peak Regional Preserve is open from 6AM to 10PM every day.
Are dogs allowed on the Mission Peak Loop?
Yes, dogs are welcome on the Mission Peak Loop, though they must remain on-leash.
Insider Hints for Mission Peak Loop
- Bring sunscreen and wear sun protection
- Head out on weekday mornings for a more tranquil experience
- Pack plenty of water, more than you anticipate needing—trust us
- Note this route has no shade—so avoid ascending on hot days
- Park only in designated spots to mitigate the chances of getting a citations
- Be wary of rattlesnakes as you climb
Getting to the Mission Peak Loop Trailhead
The Mission Peak Loop is accessed via the Mission Peak Trailhead off Stanford Avenue.
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