Mission Peak Hike
Weekly Ramble #25
It was time for another weekly ramble. Yesterday I finally crossed off another item off my California bucket list: The hike up to Mission Peak.
From my house it’s approximately a 25-minute drive to Fremont (depending on the traffic). You can start from Stanford Ave. Staging Area, The parking here is free, but very limited and you may be required to park a little west, on one of the side streets. Another place to start the Mission Peak Hike is from from Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd. to Anza Pine Rd., where you can find more parking.
Dogs are allowed on this trail and you may have to share it with equestrians. Ensure that you have plenty of water before embarking on this hike, as there are very few spots to locate shade. There are bowls for dogs at every bench though, but you need to bring the water.
Lots of climbing, lots of great views.
Apparently you can also walk the trail in a loop, but we walked the same way down we hiked up before. Either way, it’s a six mile hike with 3 miles up and down again an elevation of more than 2,000 ft. (about 650 m). You can read more about Mission Peak Hike here.
Yesterday was very nice weather for the hike. It was sunny not not too hot, but the views weren’t as great as they can apparently be. The best seasons to do this hike are probably spring and winter when you have the clearest days and therefore the best views. I’ve been told that on you can see the whole Bay and even the city on a clear day. But you can’t beat this blue of the California sky to the East.
Well, we definitely did see lots of cattle and even a bunch of calfs and a big group of turkeys as well.
“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
We had a wonderful time. A decent training hike for our next endeavor and lots of good talking.
Time well spent as my friend always says. We finished off with brunch and humongous mimosas at Bill’s Café.
The hardest climb is yet to come.
This hike has become kind of “a thing” in the Bay Area and here’s is explained why.
I’ve been irregularly linking up with Jo’s Monday walks for a while now. She shares her Monday walk almost every week (!) and always makes me miss Europe. Jo describes her walks with beautiful words, frames themes with wonderful photographs and I always learn something. That’s why I really enjoy following her. Check her latest walk out here.