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Mission Peak Trail

Average Rating:    (3.41 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 44

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.
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Latitude
37.4419
Longitude
-122.1419
Trail Directions
From Interstate 680 or 880 in Fremont exit Mission Blvd East. Follow Mission Blvd until Stanford Ave and make a right. Stanford Ave deadends at the trail head.
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fremont
   


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Review Date
March 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bstyle74 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
June 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: splatball68 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Calveras Road



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Review Date
March 24, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: imtnbke ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The little-known Hayward Area Recreation District trail system that goes along a greenway from a park in downtown Hayward.



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Review Date
August 9, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cmdrpiffle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Soquel Demo



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Review Date
January 11, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Gevorg ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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)

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pleasanton ridge, Sunol-Ohlone regional park Cerro rd



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