Mission Peak Trail - TRAIL

Mission Peak Trail - Trail, Fremont, California

A 3 mile climb to the top Mission Peak. The first 1.8 miles is a fireroad that snakes up the face of the peak. The next 1.2 miles is a combo fireroad/singletrack that curves around the back of the peak to the top. Great view of the bay once you get to the top.

User Reviews (44)

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bchorng   Weekend Warrior [Mar 18, 2009]

I ride this trail almost 2~3 times a week. I don't usually go to the peak. Typically I start from Stanford and return after I reach the outhouse at the shoulder. That is a good 1,800 feet of altitude gain in about 2 miles. This has been my major source of workout for the last 5 years. This keeps me fit.

I have tried the peak a few times, but honestly it is very hard, especially after such a long steep climb. The last section is very steep - at least 22 degrees and rocky. I usually come down from the same trail, but I have seen other people coming down from the main hiking trail which you need to be very skillful and cautious.

Being a frquent biker on this route over the years I have seen changes of the biker demography here. In the first few years, you rarely see other bikers and if you do, it is usually people nicely geared up. But now I see more and more casual riders who just want to give it a try.
This is a good thing, but it is also a safety concern - when you come down. Especially on weekends, there are tons of hikers including children and even infant carts. So please be aware of your ability to control your bike when you come down. It is very steep and full of loose rocks with sharp turns.

Recently I have seen some AH's who really shouldn't be here at all. One downhill guy nicely armored would run down the trail at high speed and make show-off turns by skidding his back wheel and intentionally makes loud noise and scared hikers to attract attention. Whoever you are, give me a break please! Go to Northstar to show off your DH skill
with the real guys. Don't pose public safety threats on weekends at Mission Peak. It is because of AH's like you that the park may eventually pull off all mountain bikers from this trail.

If you use the trail, please follow the rules - that is keep the speed
down to 15 mph and yield to hikers. If you want to enjoy pure DH fun, it's OK, as I do it too, but please do it at a time when there is no hikers. Stop doing this at prime time like your personal show time!
That's a lousy way to impress girls.

Customer Service

Alone is easier and funner. But when coming down, you need to be more cautious at the single track section as there are many blind turns.
If you want to do a real workout, take Stanford. You are in very good shape as long as you can complete the whole trip to the outhouse. There are 2 sections that are close to 20 degrees.

If you are very fit, try to attack the peak. But that is another 1.2 miles of journey with another 700 feet of gain. As said, the last 200 yards is extremely tough.

Similar Products Used: All major trails in the Bay Area.
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3
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5
bstyle74   Cross Country Rider [Mar 06, 2008]

Terrible terrible climbing, but above-average DH. You'll definately get a good workout going up the fireroad, and climbing to the geodisc from the south is good technical climbing. Descending from the top can be intimidating but doable if you can pick good lines. The singletrack through the trees is pretty fun, and you can do some urban riding in the campus. Heavy hiking traffic, but they are usually pretty impressed by people who bike and like to watch. Just watch out for them when you're going on the fast parts. And the cows... can't forget the cows.

Good fun local ride if you only have about 90 minutes. Drains pretty well in the winter rain, too.

Customer Service

Climb from Ohlone College, past the outhouse, around the back side towards campground... my memory gets fuzzy about where I go next... then down some rocky parts and back to the College to ride some stairs and drops.

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3
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5
splatball68   Weekend Warrior [Jun 26, 2007]

This is great work out trail. I wouldn't exactly call it a mt bike trail depending on where you start. There are two entrances, from the Stanford street entrance near 680 and mission or the Ohlone College trail above the swimming pools. Of the two the Stanford street entrance is the toughest. From the parking lot on Stanford to the double garbage cans is almost exacly 3 miles and 2200 ft. The climbing can be tuff at some points but the hills are rather short steep climbs. The major obstacles appear to be the gravel rocks that they put on the fire road. I have yet to understand the reason for them. Just make sure you lower the air pressure in your tires and you'll be ok. There is not much shade as you climb so riding in the morning or late afternoon is best as the heat can really get to you if it is hot. There are times when it is also very windy, especially near thte top. On weekends and on weekdays there are lots of hikers so I usually have to ring my get out of the way bell. The fire road winds it way to the top pass two cow gates. When you get near the summit you will see a split road that goes 2 ways. The left road takes you to the porta potty and hand glider launch area, it also is the road to Ohlone College. The right road takes you toward the summit. If you take the right road you will come to a fence, hikers follow the fence line to the top of the summit, if you are technically challeged you can also ride up this section which is extremely rocky, I have never gone this way. If you take the other road going to the right but not up the fence line, it will take you to another trail that will lead you to another trail that goes up the summit to the double garbage cans. This trail is roughly flat for 500 yards then appears to go up at least a 20 degree slope for the last 100 yards and can provide quite a challege after having ridden this far. However, once you make it to the top you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the bay.

From Ohlone College you can ride the trail above the swimming pools. The road is fairly rocky but not that bad. You will get to one gate which you'll have to open to get pass. Eventually the road turns into a single track road throught some vegetation. After the single track it curves right and leads back up to the open fire road with no shade and back to the gravel road towads the porta potty at the top.

Customer Service

For a nice work out start from the Standford side and ride to the top then go down to Ohlone college and back. The round trip is a little over 10 miles and can be done in less that 1hr 30mins. But doing it this way you can enjoy the single track downhill towards Ohlone college. If you park at the Standford lot don't park where it says no parking, you may get a ticket from the roving police. Park in the lower street level and ride up. If you ride from Stanford to the double garbage cans in less than 50 mins your doing a great job. I average 46-47 mins.

Similar Products Used: Calveras Road
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4
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4
TOM   Weekend Warrior [Mar 26, 2007]

SHOW MAP OF FREMONT NOT PALO ALTO

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3
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1
imtnbke   Cross Country Rider [Mar 24, 2007]

The riding at Mission Peak Regional Preserve grows on you. The first few times, it's easy to be put off by the omnipresent cattle and the lack of technical challenges on the legal trails. But after riding it regularly in recent weeks, I've come to appreciate the perfection of the 2,300-foot climb from Ohlone College to the top. It is an ideal after-work workout, and leaves me feeling great for the rest of the evening. It includes 0.56 miles of legal singletrack on the Peak Trail. The views from the top are some of the best (and maybe even the best) in the Bay Area. It's possible to see downtown Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco, and Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Umunhum, and the Sutro Tower, all from the place one is standing. It's like being in an airplane.

Customer Service

Ride up from Ohlone College via Peak Trail. When you've spent enough time at the top, retrace your steps. The Stanford Avenue route is not that interesting.

Similar Products Used: The little-known Hayward Area Recreation District trail system that goes along a greenway from a park in downtown Hayward.
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5
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3
cmdrpiffle   Cross Country Rider [Aug 09, 2005]

This is specifically for 'Bob R' Back in the day...... I would do this ride usually 2 days a week, between road training. My best was on a Wednesday.....Ohlone college and up 5 times. Once to the summit, and the other 4 to the porta potty just below the final hill. It was about a 3 hour ride total. From the swimming pool at Ohlone, to the geo-disc on the summit, and back to the pool without a foot touching the ground. That was 1994. I rode it again for the first time in 9 years a couple of months ago. Took me over an hour and numerous stops. Getting old sucks!

Customer Service

I like the Ohlone College side. The way back on the final stretch of fire road coming into the college rivals the Kamikaze in pitch and speed. Ahhh, the hardtail with a Zoke XC6.

Similar Products Used: Soquel Demo
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4
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5
Gevorg   Weekend Warrior [Jan 11, 2005]

I rode this trail from Ohlone College and from Stanford Ave. Climb is little bit easier from Ohlone college, but during the rain season the short single track section becomes very tough both on the way up and on the way down. I prefer Stanford Ave side climb, however there is so much gravel on it you have to always worry about traction. This is a great exercise you can get in 50 min (climb) not much fun downhill though, I prefer downhill section of Pleasanton Ridge. sometime i use Ohlone side trial for downhill and geton Mills Creek (Paved) road for the reamaining descend (you can prolong your downhillby 2)

Customer Service

Start climb from Stanford Ave go to the top, go down partially on Ohlone College side and then switch to Mills Creek road just before single track and then take Mission BLVD back to Stanford Ave. You get a good 1hr 15min workout and proper cool down while riding flat on Mission Blvd.

Similar Products Used: Pleasanton ridge, Sunol-Ohlone regional park Cerro rd
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4
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4
bcanali   Weekend Warrior [Jan 03, 2005]

I love this challenging ride and I usually try to do it a couple of times a week. If you start from the Stanford Road trailhead the Hidden Valley trail takes you all the way up to the Peak trail split. There is a open barbed wire fence that you pass through if you want to go left, down to Ohlone College or to a hang glider launching area. If you ride around the back side of the peak you can take the single track up from the East all the way to the top of the Peak. The last 150 yards up to the top are steep,rocky and technical. I feel great once I reach the peak after making this section. The most difficult section is the section that the hikers take to the right once you pass through the open barbed wire fence. I ride this section all the way up to the double trash cans just before the final accent to the peak. This section is extremely steep and a real challenge. There is large, lone bolder about half way up and this is the hardest and most technical part of the climb. If you make that section, you will have to stop at the trash cans unless you want to hike your bike to the top. If you take the Bay Area Ridge Trail, you can ride out to the Antena towers at Monument Peak. This section is easy hills and there are few people-lots of hawks, egles. For a great decent, you can take the Bay Area Ridge Trail all the way down to Ed Levin Park. I like the Stanford side because of the difficulty of the climb. There is a great view of the jagged face of the peak once you reach the second cattle gard near the park residence. You can often spot a mt. goat on the face. This is a difficult ride the first time you ride but it gets easier each time. I usually go up and down 2 times in a row without stopping and a few times a month I'll do 3. I gave this ride a 4 for technical because of some of the sections I take.

Customer Service

Hidden Valley up to the Peak Trail split. Go around the back of the Peak all the way to the antana towers at monument Peak. Then back and all the way up to the top of Mission Peak from the South/East then down Peak Meadow to Stanford Road. Peak Meadow is also a great accent. It actually starts out much steeper than Hidden Valley but it gets too muddy in the winter. There are few hikers on Peak Meadow.

Similar Products Used: Grant Ranch Sierra Azul-Kennedy Road
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4
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5
gonzo   Cross Country Rider [Dec 06, 2004]

Straight up and straight down on a fire road. Not what I would call a fun mountain biking experience. They throw gravel on the trails behind the peak due to traffic (hang glider crowd).

Customer Service

Start at Ohlone colledge. The climb is more gradual

Similar Products Used: If your in the area and don't want to travel, there is pleasanton ridge. Both these trails are more for work outs than a fun trail. If you really want the experience of mtn biking there is skeggs, demo, saratoga gap, behind UC santa cruz
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1
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4
mrampton   Cross Country Rider [Aug 04, 2004]

I moved to DC for a year, and so I was in for a nasty surprise on my first ride up the peak since returning. The physical requirements to bike up are just as high as they ever were (especially after living in DC where their hills are 200ft high), but I'm really sad to see the single track has been removed. I used to ride the stanford (or Y-Bell) side once or twice a week. It's a great workout and is very rewarding to reach the top. But part of the reward for me was always the singletrack that cut through the fire road switchbacks. I took some single track down today (the long stretch that shoots you out onto the fire road near the big rock everyone always sits on) and despite it still existing, it's nowhere near as smooth or fun to ride as it was just a year or so ago. Anyway, I'll still be riding this, but mostly just for conditioning now.

Customer Service

Up stanford, down stanford

Similar Products Used: Hayward Plunge (nice fun trail), Coyote Hills (great training ground), Garin Park (in Hayward).
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3
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5
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