I've gone up this mountain four times now and I have enjoyed every single trip. On one of my summit bids of Mission Peak, my friend and I filmed a movie up there. My most recent time I went, my friend and I took a side trip to the Mount Allison and Monument Peak summits, to the south. which was cool.
A beautiful day, blue sky with puffy clouds, the big rain last night cut some 1 foot deep cracks in the road, but the track was mostly dry. I'm trying to get in shape for doing Wainwright's North England Coast to Coast in July. This should do it. The second time up I borrowed some Traverse poles, which gave my upper arms a workout and kept me from slipping on the gravel coming down..highly recommended.
I've hiked up Mission Peak many times over the years, as the trailheads are only a few minutes from home. This can be a strenuous training hike. From Stanford Ave it climbs 2,127 vertical feet in about 3 miles. Lots of people on the trail today, despite the sometimes threatening New Years Day weather. From the summit of Mission Peak, I continued on over to Monument Peak, which is another 3 miles or so to the south. Everyone else must have run out of steam once they'd reached the Mission Peak summit, because I didn't pass a single person from there all the way out to Monument Peak and back. Lots of rain in the last few days, so the hillsides were nice and green, but the trails were muddy in places. One of my favorite features up here is the Great Wall of Milpitas, an old rock wall that meanders across the countryside for a few miles on an apparently random route. You really have to go on out to Monument Peak to get a good view of it.
Great training hike. Took less than 2 hours roundtrip, but got a great workout!
this is my hometown "peak" - must have climbed it a hundred times - half of those on dates in high school
This is a convenient mountain for training, being steep and short. Both mountain biking and hiking training can be done here.
Managed to run up to top from Stanford Avenue in about 49 minutes to train for a nasty 50K run.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Hot day. Bring plenty of water. You can give it to the unprepared at the top if you don't drink it all.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
6.26.'15: from Horse Heaven trail. A night to relax, reflect, & try to find peace. Beautiful night. Perfect temps. Thinking of you, Van.
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
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!