The Ohlone Wilderness Trail (permit required) crosses the road at the visitor center near the entrance to Sunol Regional Wilderness. But you can shortcut by driving to the end, walking the Camp Ohlone Road past "Little Yosemite" ("nano" would be more apt), and turning up the Backpack Road to rejoin the trail at the Sunol Backpack Camp - this saves about a mile on the round-trip and a few hundred feet of elevation.
The summit has no benchmark or register, it's just the highest bump on the ridge.
In mid-May 2019 there were several streams and ponds, and plenty of cow poop - bring a filter. I had to pull a lot of grass seeds out of my socks along the way - gaiters recommended.
One way to do this peak is to visit it as part of running the Ohlone 50k trail race. They run a shuttle from the finish at Del Valle to the start at the base of Mission Peak. And it's supported with ample aid stations, and a fun event. http://ohlone50k.com/
nice weather, slow on the return
Hiked from Del Valle to Ohlone College as a day hike. Lunch at Rose peak. About 12 hrs.
Breezy weather and light clouds made the day - quite a nice hike.
Was supposed to lead a small group from the Visitor's Center. Got all confused! Didn't see them until I was on my way back from the top. It was a surprisingly easy hike. It was over before I knew it.
Ohlone trail is simple enough to follow once you're on it.
On the return trip, I decided to mix it up and take a different trail. And ended up on private land. Oops. Ran into two separate cars driving down the gravel road who stopped to tell me the error of my ways. Thankfully, they were understanding since I was on my way down and had taken a different way up. (Still not sure where the Private Property sign was that I had missed?)
Barring my terrible logistical ineptness and misguided route over private land, it was a fantastic day. The spring flowers were in bloom, everything was green, and the whole place seemed to be happy from the previous day's rain.
I started this two day hike from Ohlone college. First up was Mission Peak/Sunol/Rose Peak. After spending some time on top of Rose Peak, my friend and I came down a bit and found a suitable campsite. Next morning we headed for Del Valle, with several detours along the way which my friend wanted me to see. Overall, a very nice hike and definitely not hard for a fit hiker! I don't know the total miles...I am guessing 25+!
Was foggy on top and could barely see anything. Wandered off the trail a bit, into private property. Ended up doing a total of 24.68 miles.
Going back again via Sunol to sign the log on the peak.
Passed thru here with Michael and Joe. Our primary goal was Murietta Falls in the spring!
Did the Rose Peak/Discover Peak double from Del Valle, also ran up Rose while doing the full Ohlone trail as a dayhike.
Ran/Hiked the Ohlone trail from Sunol to Rose Peak, though used the Camp Ohlone road/backpack trail to shave a little time and climbing. Time to Rose Peak was 2:05. Knackered on the way down and took nearly 2 full hours for a total of 4:05 including 10 minute summit break and 5-10 minute detour to Maggie's for water.
Two questions for the page:
1. The detour through "insult gulch" around mile 7-8 feels unnecessary. Anyone know why the trail does not follow the obvious route of the ridge?
2. Anyone drink Maggie's campsite water untreated? A fellow hiker once told me it's safe but the park signs indicate otherwise.
Long hot day on the Ohlone trail. Saw a rattlesnake basking on the trail, two other non-venomous snakes, a fox, and lots of squirrels.
Climbed on the second day of a two-day trip along the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, from Standford Avenue to Lake Del Valle.
From Del Valle with aj and tang. 4 hrs to summit at slow pace. 2 hrs return at a brisk pace (some jogging). Additional 4hrs for aj and tang since they got lost and aj had knee pains.
Absolutely perfect day for a hike. Cool with clear skies made the trek really enjoyable. Followed Camp Ohlone Road to trail to Backpack Camp then followed ridge (Ohlone Trail) all the way to the summit.
On the way back down I took the trail labeled "Bluff Trail" on the Ohlone Wilderness map to connect back to Camp Ohlone Road. Ran into some land owners who said the SF water district land was closed back there and I was risking a ticket, but the Ohlone Map (the one you get as the permit) says just to stay on trail in SFWD land, it says nothing about it being closed to foot traffic. Figured they were just saying things to keep people out. There was no signage saying otherwise either. Until I got to the gate on Camp Ohlone Road as I was hiking out where there *is* a sign saying no trespassing, etc. So not sure what the 'rules' are - if you care about those kind of things and want to hike this route you might want to check with a ranger when you get the map.
Honest I do have some lamentations on those people, East Bay Residents, who never go there or at least do a hike to get on Mission Peak. It is one of most beautiful places in the world, I tell you.
It took me 16 hours to complete the whole Ohlone Trail in a single day. It is knee wrecker trail but yet very rewarding.
3 day backpacking trip on Ohlone Wilderness trail, last night at Maggie half acre. Enjoyable late spring trip.
Long, scenic hike from Sunol Park.
From Del Valle. This trail is AWESOME in the cool of winter! And this peak feels very remote, especially when fog lines the valley below. Highly recommend if your in the Bay Area and looking for adventure.
Beautiful green hills with clear skies for miles. Cows watched my wife and me as we took about 7 total hours to complete the trip. I disagree with the "anticlimactic" aspect of the peak; we found it quite nice. Nice view of the Sierras and surrounding ranges too.