How Long Does It Take To Hike Mission Peak?

Mission Peak

Mission Peak Regional Reserve is a public park located to the east of Fremont, California. The northern summit on a ridge that includes Monument Peak and Mount Allison is known as the Mission Peak. Hikers on this peak may walk or use a bike to make their way to the summit. Walking on a standard route usually takes around usually takes around two to five hours while it takes around 1 to 1.5 hours to reach summit on a bike or running. Mission Peak is depicted on the flag of the City of Fremont and it has a
symbolic importance.

Hiking to Mission Peak

The Mission Peak and the whole park looks over and borders the Silicone Valley and is a very popular destination among the local residents and bicyclists, hikers from the Bay Area. The most famous and also the most geo tagged landmark in the city of Fremont is the “Mission Seeker” pole on top of Mission Peak. There are streams of hikers who take photos and selfies alongside the famous pole. On weekends, over two thousand visitors are received by the Stanford Avenue entrance. The surge in visitors began back in 2010 and now it is the most popular landmark in Fremont.

Trail Guidelines

The six-mile (10km) full ascent on any of the popular trails takes around 2 to 5 hours on an average while cyclists and runners take around 1 hour – 1.5 hours to complete the whole ascent. The midday sun can sometimes take a toll on hikers and dehydration is pretty common. Guidelines suggested say that each person should carry two liters of water and extra water if case you’re carrying a dog. It is also suggested to keep in sun protection in hand.

There are certain portions of the park which are protected by barbed wires to reduce trespassing and signs prevent people from taking off route shortcuts which can cause soil erosion. There are three trails that climb that climb the mountains northern and western faces. Among them, the Hidden Valley Trail attracts the largest number of visitors. The Hidden Valley Trail and Peak Meadow Trail both have their starting points at Stanford Avenue.

The peak has an elevation of 2,100 feet and gives a panoramic view of the Bay Area. The only drawback is the fact the peaks are shade less and fully exposed to the sun. There are no food or water or any other supplies sold inside the park although the Stanford Avenue entrance has a restroom and water.

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Alternative Routes

The two least approached trails originate from Sunol Regional Wilderness and Ed R. Levine Country Park. The route from the Sunol area climbs 2,200 feet over a distance of five miles and has a gentler gradient that Hidden Valley Trail that climbs 2100 feet over a distance of three miles. The route starting from the Levine County climbs 2200 feet from the HQ of the Park to the Monument Peak which covers a distance of three miles and from there the Mission peak is another three miles along a pretty flat and easy trail. This is the
route that passes the Mount Allison which is the tallest among the three peaks but this peak is not open to the public.

Other Bay Area peaks including Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais and Mount Hamilton are visible from the Mission Peak depending on the weather conditions. This peak also provides good views of San Jose, San Francisco, Fremont and Oakland. The Sierra Nevada range is visible to the east a 100 miles away on very clear days.

Weather and Environment of Mission Peak

Mission Peak is home to the California Oak Woodland and Chaparral which have several kinds of trees such as Coast live oak, California buckeye, blue oak, California bay and western sycamores. Many of the Oaks over here are 100-600 years old and very few are less than 50 years. There are also many other variety of flora and fauna this in trail that makes it worth the hike.

Cattle can often be seen grazing on the grasslands. There is also an abundance of Black Tailed deer. Coyotes, bobcats and gray foxes are some of the common predators on this mountain while mountain lions are rarely seen.

There is light snowfall on most winters and also melts away quickly although heavy snowfall has occurred in the past decade.

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