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Scott FultonRoute Climbed: Front side from Stanford Ave. Date Climbed: many times  Sucess!

Scott Fulton

Managed to run up to top from Stanford Avenue in about 49 minutes to train for a nasty 50K run.
Posted Aug 30, 2004 1:37 am

mposnerRoute Climbed: Both routes up Date Climbed: Numerous Times  Sucess!

mposner

This is a fun training hike. I've hiked it dozens of times while training to do a one day hike to Half Dome in Yosemite. It can be hot in the summer.
Posted Feb 23, 2004 11:41 am

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Class Five Fire Trail Date Climbed: 15th Feb. 2004  Sucess!

blmcclain

Roped up (i.e. took the dogs) and started up the Class 5 fire trail. You think I joke but I witnessed about four people - including my wife - tumble down the steep sections with the loose gravel. As we acended the sky clouded up and the visibility grew dim until Mt. Diablo was barely visible. Summited, had a bite to eat, and a slight rain started. Got down in about 40 minutes. In hindsight I should have read the postings here first. Parked on the dirt and ended up with a $60 parking ticket! Come on Fremont, get real! Parking tickets in NYC are only $55! Don't punish people for getting outside! I think it's a media conspiracy to keep people parked in front of the TV to buy potato chips or SUVs.
Posted Feb 16, 2004 3:09 pm

MaverixRoute Climbed: Main fire road Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2004  Sucess!

Maverix

I arrived at the Stanford Ave traihead at about 8:30 am and was surprised to take the last legal parking spot. This is a popular trail. Hiked up to the summit, which took and hour and then some. Hike over to Mount Allison from there, but didn't go to the summit because its fenced off with several radio towers. Saw a coyote on Mt. Allison. Hiked back to the trailhead via the Horse Heaven trail.
Posted Feb 14, 2004 10:26 am

adampaulRoute Climbed: Ohlone College trail Date Climbed: 25 June 2002  Sucess!

adampaul

My first of many ascents of this local mountain - not as pretty as in spring, but a fun hike, with nice bay area views nonetheless. Hike report and pics are here
Posted Jan 7, 2004 11:25 am

rgreeneRoute Climbed: Horse Heaven Trail Date Climbed: 9 August 2003  Sucess!

rgreene

Nice climb up, though I got off course and ended up crossing a bunch of fenced off areas. I thought I was probably in some area-51 wanna-be and military guys would jump me at any second, but I managed to intersect with a road on the far side and find the summit. Went down the big road like normal people.
Posted Oct 9, 2003 1:17 am

winzelerRoute Climbed: Stanford Ave Trailhead Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

winzeler

Hot day. Bring plenty of water. You can give it to the unprepared at the top if you don't drink it all.

Posted Jul 8, 2003 11:51 am

JohnRoute Climbed: Mission Peak, Monument Peak, & Mount Allison Date Climbed: May 10, 2003  Sucess!

John

Gorgeous afternoon with much more than I ever expected from this peak. I parked my car by the Leland Stanford Winery. Here's the rough itinerary:



(1) Mission Peak via Ohlone Wilderness Road

(2) Monument Peak via Bay Area Ridge Trail

(3) Mount Allison via off trail hiking



The mislabeled Ohlone Wilderness Trail from Stanford Ave. is really a road and possibly the aesthetically worst (though most popular) method of reaching the summit. I descended via the Horse Heaven Trail which is probably the nicest trail I've used for Mission Peak. The Ohlone College Peak Trail is nicer than the Ohlone Wilderness Road but not as nice as the Horse Heaven Trail.



California Poppies were in full bloom everywhere! I also saw 2 coyotes, 2 deer, 4 lizards, numerous cows, 3 hanggliders, and 3 paragliders. The best wildlife viewing is by Monument Peak where I got to see the coyotes and deer. Watching the coyotes and cows was like watching a nature documentary. There were 20+ cows around a watering hole when the two coyotes entered the fray. One of them got away with something in it's mouth but I couldn't tell what. Then a big bull (cow) came over the rise and literally galloped down to the group snorting and with dirt coming up from it's hooves. Pretty impressive sight!
Posted May 10, 2003 5:55 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Alpine assault from Stanford. Ave Date Climbed: April 18, 2003  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Bob and I had arranged a car swap to dayhike the Ohlone Wilderness trail in opposite directions; this was the first stop on my way to Del Valle. I'd felt like I was moving sluggishly heading up to the peak, but was surprised to find myself on the summit 50 mins after starting. Not much in the way of views this morning due to fog, but that didn't seem to deter any number of other people out for a morning walk.
Posted Apr 20, 2003 12:48 pm

MishaRoute Climbed: From Stanford Ave. parking lot Date Climbed: April 5, 2003  Sucess!

Misha

It is a good local hike if you don't mind crowds on the 'trail' (feels more like a highway) and cows (cowpie) practically everywhere. It is still very green up there with wild flowers blooming, and, of course, beautiful California poppies. Basically, if you have a couple of hours and want to substitute your regular gym with outdoors, this is one place to go!
Posted Apr 5, 2003 4:40 pm

Brett ARoute Climbed: Trails from North, descended Ohlone Trail Date Climbed: March 28, 2003  Sucess!
My friend and I started from Mill Creek Road (no Parking allowed, but we did anyway) at about 3:30. We went up the fireroad on our bikes to where it meets up with the Ohlone Trail and went up. We took the trail from the North to the Summit. It was very windy on top, but we managed to avoid the wind on the West side of the summit. It was a clear day with smog that kept the Sierras hidden. We went back down to the North, then began the long, winding descent on the Ohlone Trail. Unfortunately my friend popped his tube and attempts to fix it failed. We enjoyed a slow descent to Stanford Ave, where we got in my friend's car at 6:00 and drove back to pick up mine. A good Bay Area climb if you don't like to find cars at the top.
Posted Mar 28, 2003 8:07 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: trail from community college Date Climbed: winter 2001/2  Sucess!

Diggler

Decided to do a night hike with Rachel. It was a surreal journey, going through patches of woods and meadows at night, with no-one else around. About halfway, we rested to check out the stars, which were much brighter than I would have guessed. Finally getting to the top, we had a stupendous view of the Bay Area, enhanced even more by the contrast between darkness and the lights. It was surprisingly cold on top, though, and really windy, so we didn't stay that long. At the bottom, some overweight parking nazi was tripping because I'd parked my motorcycle on the sidewalk.
Posted Mar 26, 2003 9:28 am

JohnRoute Climbed: (Ohlone College) Peak Trail Date Climbed: Many times  Sucess!

John

The nice thing about this trailhead is that you never have to fight for parking, unlike Stanford Ave.



Shawn introduced me to this peak which he uses for trail runs. The first time I came here, I had planned to run up and down with him and Julie but I arrived late so they took off without me. I ran up the hill and met them as they started down from the summit. I spent some time hanging out up there before running down and catching up to them just before entering the woods again. I got home early and had enough time to hit the gym and swim a few laps in the pool before lunch. I was also treated to gorgeous views of California poppies on this trip. I might be able to dig out some photos of the poppies...I think I have some but can't be sure.



The second time was a training hike before my Mexico trip (yes I know the altitude training on this peak really helped ;-). I think I carried two ropes and a trad rack in my pack while wearing my ice climbing boots. I passed a large number of Boy Scouts and their parents on this trip so I guess some scout troops are still getting out :-)



The most recent time, I went up to learn how to use my GPS. I descended some grassy slopes to a little rocky area to practice navigating back to waypoints. While I was sitting down, about 5 cows as the trotted by. It was cool watching them scratch their heads against some of the rocks and rolling their heads in the mud. This was also coincidentally the 100th anniversary of the naming of the California Poppy as California's state flower on March 2, 1903

Posted Mar 10, 2003 3:30 pm

gordonyeRoute Climbed: Both Sunol and Fremont sides Date Climbed: 1994, 1997

gordonye

First time I did a through hike with my friend Wei from Sunol to Fremont, then had a take a $24 cab back to car. It's a popular hike from Fremont, but not many people do it from the east.
Posted Mar 10, 2003 2:23 pm

mpbroRoute Climbed: From southwest (Stanford Avenue?) Date Climbed: May 28, 2001  Sucess!

mpbro

Hiked this with Kim and Robert. The mountain is hulky and therefore deceptively high. Great views of Mount Diablo from the summit, but you've got to avoid the smog if you want to see anything!
Posted Mar 9, 2003 10:36 am

keemaRoute Climbed: Various Date Climbed: Many Times  Sucess!

keema

Mission Peak is a fun hike when you may only have a few hours and want to get out for a hike. Have hiked several routes from the Stanford Avenue trailhead and have made the hike over the top finishing in Sunol Regional Park. Have also started in Sunol, saw nobody on this route until the ridge to the summit. There are more trees along this route and you are in shade a great deal. Have also taken a side trip to Monument Peak to the south.
Posted Mar 9, 2003 8:58 am

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