The most crowded peak I've ever been up -- arrived before 6am and got the last spot in the parking lot. Saw literally hundreds of people -- just finding privacy to pee was a problem. Climbed it 25 years ago and had it to myself; but now it seems to be the thing to do for church groups etc.
Did it while training for Mt Whitney, carried my 3-year old most of the way.
Lots of beautiful hawks to be seen.
Used it as a workout to train for Denali. 5 gallons of water and multiple trips up..highest was 4 in a day
I love hiking this trail up to Mission Peak. Like others have said, it's a good training hike for longer, harder hikes. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Used to do this as a training hike all the time. Haven't been back in a while.
First time in 1980 from Stanford Ave. The park was brand new and I had the whole peak to myself. Started using it for training in the early '90s. Usually went up once a day before work- twice on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Wish I was still in that kind of shape!
Ha! Cool to see Mission Peak up here. Hiked it more than 100 times by every route imaginable, used as a training route during the several years I worked down the street in Fremont. I love this peak, every day had a different vibe depending on season, time of day, wind & weather. Best car-to-car time was ~65 minutes. Walking thru cow herds always freaked me out.
Done this dozens of times over the years as a nearby training hike.
First ascent was at sunrise on Thanksgiving Day 2006. (Pics here)
Went back determined to get the three peaks (Mission Peak, Mt. Allison, and Monument Peak) and completed without trouble. Easy and enjoyable hike, fantastic views!
Took 61 minutes from trailhead to summit. Went over to Mt. Allison afterwords but couldn't find the right patch to Monument Peak so wound up missing out on the three-peak.
This was full moon hike. 55 minutes from trailhead to the summit.
Ran from Stanford TH to summit in 35 minutes.
Because it is there.
This time with Allison and Monument. Only my third time up Mission but have always enjoyed this hike, at least the uphill part. Could do without the walking down.
Nice hike for a visitor. Pictures and report at http://www.willhiteweb.com/california_climbing/bay_area/mission_peak_102.htm
Came in from Ed Levin via Monument Peak. Ridge hike is lovely in the spring.
Hiked up from Stanford Ave along with hundreds of other people. Decent workout, might be be better mid-week.
There and back in a little over two hours. Slept the whole way.