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.
Good trip through the Ohlone wilderness trail with my younger bro. Started in Livermore at Del Valle, hike goes uphill steep and fast. Not much time to warm up, just get after it... Camped out at Maggie's, killer sunset up there with a bit of a haze from recent fires, but not too bad on the lungs. How many cows are on this trail?! The one with the white mohawk was giving me the stink eye. Thought he might charge. Would have made a tasty steak.
Nice day with few other hikers out on the trail. Weather was near perfect. Views were little hazy. Due to the dry spring most wild flowers were gone for the season.
Another bay area 'peak' I've done over and over in past years.
Clear but windy today, gusts to 35-40mph on the ridges. ~20 miles / 3800' gain in 6 hours 20 minutes.
Did the 28 mile Ohlone Wilderness Trail in two days, starting from Stanford Ave. A really fantastic hike. However, clouds rolled in on day 2 and the view from the summit were nil. Still, it was quite eerie (and cold) up there, with dozens of knarley oaks surrounding us in the dense fog. The total silence of the fog, with the exception of drops of condensation falling from the oaks, was a unique experience. Will return in spring and climb from Sunol. Was able to see the beautiful landscape from Sunol to the backpacker's camp, but pretty much missed the vistas from the backpacker's camp to Rose Peak.
i've done the ohlone traverse twice (del valle to sunol) and really enjoyed it. it's a wonderful long day - choose your hiking partner wisely. :-)
Del Valle -> Rose Peak -> Sunol -> Mission Peak -> Stanford Avenue TH (total 28 miles, 6500 ft elevation gain)
Starting from Geary Rd and the Horse barns, this hike rounds out at just over 20mi. There is a lot of exposure, and almost no water after the springtime, so be sure to BYOS(shade). This is a great hike to train for long trips, it offers distance, climbs, and off-season accesability.
That was a lot of uphill!! I started out with the intention of making this a trail run, but found I had to walk all of the uphill. I can't believe how steep some parts of the trail were. At least I was able to run the flats and downhill. Left from Del Valle Park at 7:30 am and summited at 10:00 am. The way back was much more pleasant. No wildflowers this time of year.
A nice stroll with the cows.
It sure felt like a lot of up & down, confirmed by 5979 total ascent on my GPS! Liked it so much I might try to summit this “in reverse” from the Stanford Ave. side later this week ;)
I summited Rose Peak almost 6 hours after beginning the Ohlone Wilderness Trail 50K ultramarathon, which started at Stanford Avenue in Fremont. Thankfully we had better weather than this race usually has, and it was drizzling lightly from Sunol all the way to the top of Rose Peak and beyond. At the end of the race, I forgot about all the uphill because I was suffering through all the relentless, unrunnable downhill.
03/04/2006: Ohlone Wilderness Trail from Del Valle to Stanford Ave. Lots of snow on the ground.
03/09/2004: Ohlone Wilderness Trail from Del Valle to Sunol.
side trip to peak from oholone trail livermore to fremont.
A good warm up hike. We were the only people on the summit. Was quite windy on top. Clouds blocked any great views of the Bay Area. But really pretty rolling green hills and other wildlife. Spring is a good time to do this hike.
Beautiful clear day with many good views in all direstions on the hike from Sunol to Del Valle.
A long but scenic trail. Avoid during the summer but on a nice winter day it's great. The summit itself is not spectacular in the least but it was a fun hike. 7 hours ctc. Cows a-plenty.
The best thing to do on a 100+ degree day in the Bay Area is NOT to climb Rose Peak. I made the annual training hike with a 60 lb. pack and camped at Maggies. Great sunset as usual.
A very pleasant hike (much longer than 7.5hr CTC for me!); I especially enjoyed the side trip to Murietta Falls, which were beautiful.
Did a two day trip from del Valle to Sunol camping at Maggie's Half Acre just below the north side of the summit. It was a cold dreary first day. We left the day after Easter and it rained and even snowed off and on most of the day. Tuesday dawned clear and cold and made for much nicer hiking on to Sunol.
Hiked from Sunol out and back. A very enjoyable day.