Mission Peak from Ohlone College
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(Sunday, June 25 in Fremont, CA)
I decided to forego my scheduled bike training ride this day to instead do a
long'ish hike, since I am planning on (at least trying :) summiting Mt. Whitney
as a day hike on August 11th, and some training for that is really a good
idea! I'd been wanting to go to Mission Peak ever since I moved to Fremont in
March of 2000, and decided that today was the day. None of my friends were
available, so I filled up my Camelback with water and Clif Bars and set off on
my own. I initially had planned on hiking up from the Stanford Ave.
trailhead, but I couldn't find any parking, so I continued north on Mission
Blvd. to Ohlone College, where parking was abundant.
It took me a few false starts to figure out exactly where the trailhead is -
it wasn't marked at all except for a sign a ways down the road that
said "Ohlone Trail" and had an arrow vaguely pointing towards the hills.
Before too long, however, I found what looked like a trailhead at a cattle
gate. My suspicions were shortly confirmed a little later when I saw a trail
marker for the Ohlone Wilderness / Peak Trail.
The first part of the hike was moderately steep, but very exposed except for
one small patch of trees. A few mountain bikers sloooowly passed me as I
climbed, but it was otherwise pretty deserted (probably since I'd gotten a
relatively late start at 10:30). As the trail rose, the views of the Tri-City
area kept improving until the trail crested and turned around a ridge. After
another short exposed bit passing a bunch of cows, the trail flattened out
considerably and entered a lovely woods, following Mill Creek Road just below
The path exited the trees and continued gently upwards until it joined a gravel
fire road and got a good deal steeper. There were lovely views of Pleasanton
Ridge and Mt. Diablo from this road (as well as several large houses that must
have views to die for). After a little ways, I rounded a corner and there was
the summit looming ahead! It looked pretty steep (and was!). It took a
little longer on the fire road until I got to the base of the real peak, and
from there, the trail (such as it is) became very steep and rough. There were
a lot more people around here, as the trail from Stanford Ave. joins the Peak
Trail about 1/4mi from the start of the summit climb.
I had been making pretty decent time until this point, but the "trail" (and I
use the term loosely) was so steep and rocky for the last 1/2mi, the
going was fairly slow. At my slow pace, however, I had plenty of time to
enjoy the fantastic views of the Peninsula, East Bay, Pleasanton, Livermore,
and the Sunol Wilderness. After a little while of grunting, I was at the top!
The view from the summit was sweeping. There's a pole at the summit with
numbered peep-holes in it pointing out various landmarks. There were probably
15-20 people (4 bikers, the rest hikers) at the summit when I got there. I
plopped down and chowed a couple of Clif Bars, and took a bunch of
After spending a little while at the summit, I headed back down. As usual, it
was more painful coming down than going up, and I had to be careful on the
slippery slopes near the top of the peak. As I was heading down, several
windsailers took off nearby. There was a pretty stiff breeze blowing, and
they soared far overhead - it looked like a lot of fun! Once I was off the
main climb, it was much easier going, and I made good time. I noticed a small
cave on the side of the trail that I somehow missed on the way up, and soon
arrived back at my car.
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