Location: 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5847
Fee: $2 parking fee Monday through Saturday (free after 5pm on Saturday), when school is in session
Trails: Hidden Valley Trail
Access: Family Friendly •
Distance: 5.6 miles (RT) 3 hours
Elevation: 2200 ft
Season: Muddy in winter, hot in summer, best in spring
• From Interstate 680 in the Warm Springs District of Alameda County, exit Mission Boulevard (exit 12). Drive northeast on Mission Boulevard to Stanford Avenue, and turn right. Drive about 0.5 mile to the trailhead at the end of the street.
• From Interstate 880 in Alameda County, exit Warren/Mission Boulevard (exit 12). Drive northeast on Mission Boulevard, pass under 680, and turn right on Stanford Avenue. Drive about 0.5 mile to the trailhead at the end of the street. (Note: if you quake in fear at the thought of driving on 880, and are traveling from the peninsula, you can take a slower, prettier, less stressful drive. Drive east across the bay on the Dumbarton Bridge, which becomes Decoto. About 4 miles from the Dumbarton Bridge toll plaza, turn right onto Paseo Padre Parkway. Drive south a few miles, to the junction with Mission Boulevard. Turn left, and make the first right onto Stanford Avenue.)
I’ve hiked this once a few years back with my friends. We arranged to meet up at 9AM on a Sunday. If you enter in the GPS to locate Mission Peak, it’ll direct you to the correct location. Once you exit, there are a lot of signs that will direct you to it. As you drive up the hill to the Ohlong College Parking, there are plenty of street parking along the residential housing which is free. If you find a spot there, just take it. It could be hard finding a spot once you reach the top, which you have to a pay a low fee of $2 to park.
Make sure you bring PLENTY of water (at least 2-16oz of water) if you go during the summer. There are no shady areas, not much of a view until you reach the peak.
Destination is the PEAK! A poll that everyone climbs and take a picture with. You look down at the East Bay landscape. It’s popular, but not the most scenic hike. A curvy uphill hike. Dog friendly.