A nice after-work jaunt.
Very good training hike best serving people who live in the South Bay. Good view of San Jose and the surrounding cities.
I walked up the Happy Valley Trail and down the Happy Trail, saw two coyotes hunting. that was pretty Cool!
Xmas day '98
Hiked several times since.
Not too crowded then.
hiked strait up the front, didnt bother with all the swithbacks then scrambled up the rocks the face,stanford ave. side, fun hike.
Climbed the peak with my Boy Scout Troop 614 from Scotts Valley, CA. It was a perfect day with great viability. Came up from the Ohlone Wilderness side and exited the Stanford Ave. side.
What a view.
Nice close to home hike...had a nice sunny day, started from Stanford Ave parking lot (there was lots of open space on a Monday afternoon).
Have hiked up several times, but after seeing somebody run up once, decided to give it a try. Made it up in 45 minutes, down in 25.
Scarce parking, friendly crowds & fog, fog, fog! Then bright sunshine on the summit- I had a great time!
Started at the college parking lot.
saw lots of different birds, including a golden eagle.
green hills with few different wildflowers, and some butterflies.
Joined the throng heading up from Stanford TH. Also made the side trip to Allison & Monument. Descended Horse Heaven trail.
parking lot to summit for the exercise. a steady grade, hot hot heat, and no cover made for not the funnest hike ever. the views were all hazy from the summit as well, but most of what there is to see is development, anyway.
Climbed during our hike of the 28 mile Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Remarkable how crowded it was on the west side, yet how deserted it was on the east side! Good view.
Definitely recommend the Ohlone College route, as Stanford Avenue seems to be more highly trafficked. Fine if you just want to bag a summit, I suppose, but for me part of the wilderness experience is at least some isolation, especially from the lowest common denominator (and there seems to be plenty of that on this particular peak). We initially attempted to park at the Stanford Ave., but once we saw the throngs of McDonald's clientele and Smurfs decided to opt for a less crowded route.
We were well rewarded in this regard. We saw two separate coyotes, several hawks, and a mountain lion who sat perched on a rock motionless, awaiting our next move.
I also highly recommend going toward sunset. More wildlife views likely at this time in addition to less folks. We had the summit to ourselves for a few precious minutes before descending.
About one hour up, one hour down (we stopped at length for views of the sunset and wildlife). Easy and well worth it.
Meant to traverse over to Monument Peak afterwards, but the extremely high winds made me not want to bother. Seemed like climbing up the entire route, beginning at Stanford Avenue, was into a headwind. Once I got to the ridge ascent, the winds were very high and bitingly cold. Beautiful day, though. Car to car in 1:45.
I did my annual December 26 burn off the Christmas meal hike of Mission Peak. I usually hike it alone, but this year I was joined on this beautiful day by Rob Yang.
Hiked up with Dan from the Sunol side : 10-11 miles / 2200'.
I've hiked up this thing from Stanford Ave a bunch too, but this is the first time since my accident. Never took this route before either. Good training hike !
been up and down this thing about a million times for training. best sustained steep hike in bay area.
A good training hike, beautiful weather and great view of the bay area. I'm glad I found this hike so close to home (Sunnyvale). Only took 1.5 hours, and I believe the total length of the route is 6.2 miles.
I enjoyed this hike with my CEO, VP and several colleagues as a sort of team building exercise. We hike up in the afternoon, enjoyed an amazing sunset and scurried down in the dark. I was unaware that a fellow SPer was on the mountain and he captured this fantastic sunset photo. I especially enjoyed the coyotes, the little prairie dog critters and the birds. Nice hike, very neat to ponder the juxtiposition of the mass of humanity to the west and the rolling hills to the right. Lovely.