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Park Info

Park Hours

Park OPEN at Ohlone College
Entrance/Parking Lot
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Info: 900 parking spaces
Daily, year round

   6:00am - 10:00pm

Park OPEN at Stanford Ave.
Entrance/Parking Lot and Adjoining Park Area
Info: 43 parking spaces
Dec 23 - Mar 31
   6:30am - 8:00pm

Apr 1 - Dec 22
   6:30am - 9:00pm

NO Public Access to Mission Peak from Mill Creek Road.

Hours will be strictly enforced. Violators will be subject to citations and/or arrest. Citations cost a minimum of $300.

Phone Numbers
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4545

Camping Reservations
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, option 2

Dog Fee: None

Maps and Downloadable Material
- Download Brochure
- View Trail Map
- Download PDF Map
- Ohlone College Parking Information
- Stanford Ave. Parking Information
- Safety in the Parks and on the Trails
- A Restoration Story
- Mission Peak Needs Your Help!
- Try these challenging hikes as an alternative to Mission Peak!
- 2014 Informational Brochure
- Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project
- Google Map
- Transit & Trails
- Wayside Panels - Anza

Panorama Panorama

Grazing Information
Grazing in the Parks

Park Update

Trail Update
Be mindful of changing weather conditions and be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and precipitation. Mud is a concern when using the trails after any rain event. The mud on the trails will build up on shoes and boots making hiking more difficult. Good wet-weather alternatives include the Hidden Valley Trail and portions of the Peak Trail, which have graveled surfaces. On colder days snow is a possibility in the higher elevations so be prepared. For any trail related issues or reports please call the Park Office at (510) 544-3246. See Safety in the Parks and on the Trails for additional safety tips.

Grazing Update
You may encounter cows and calves year round in the park, although calves are generally removed by mid-spring. Be mindful of cattle and exercise caution when near them. There are signs on all entrances to grazed areas of the park with information on how to act around cattle and report incidents or problems. For more information, see our grazing webpage. For any grazing related issues or reports please call the Park Office at (510) 544-3246.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve


Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project

On September 20, 2016, the District’s Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), adopted the MMRP, approved the “Option A” Project, and authorized funding appropriations to complete design and construction. At a follow-up meeting on October 4, 2016, the District’s Board confirmed those approvals and adopted Findings. Click here for more information and to view documents associated with this project.

Park Hours

Park OPEN at Ohlone College
Entrance/Parking Lot - Parking Info
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Over 900 parking spaces
Daily, year round

   6:00am - 10:00pm

Park OPEN at Stanford Ave.
Entrance/Parking - Parking Info
43 parking spaces
Dec 23 - Mar 31
   6:30am - 8:00pm
Apr 1 - Dec 22
   6:30am - 9:00pm
   Parking permit program for residents

NO Public Access to Mission Peak from Mill Creek Road.

Please note that hours are strictly enforced. Visitors found inside the park, entrance area, and parking lot after posted hours will be subject to citation and or arrest. Citations cost a minimum of $300.

Parking Information

Ohlone College Parking, 900+ parking spaces

43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA. Access from Pine Street or Witherly Lane off Mission Blvd. Both the Peak Trail and the Panorama Trail lead to the Mission Peak summit.

The District thanks all park visitors who are parking at Ohlone College. Parking here has reduced the negative impact of overflow parking into the neighborhood around the Stanford Avenue staging area. Please continue to park at Ohlone College. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Effective November 1, 2017 a valid parking permit must be displayed 6am-11pm every day of the week including weekends. College observed holidays and semester breaks are excluded and will remain free.
  • Parking is available in Lots E, G and H, and the new parking structure.
  • There is a $4 parking fee
  • Parking lot vending machines take cash or credit cards.
  • Overnight parking is not allowed at Ohlone College.

 > Links: Visitor Parking, Parking Hours, Parking Fees

 > Transit and Trails: Mission Peak Regional Preserve (transit, biking, and walking directions).

Where to park and start hiking frome Ohlone college
    > Download: Printable version of the Ohlone College Parking Map (above) Adobe Acrobat PDF

    A park visitor’s video showing the Peak Trail from the Ohlone College parking lot. $4.00 parking fee.

    Stanford Avenue Parking Lot, 40 parking spaces

    Located at the east end of Stanford Avenue, off Mission Blvd., this parking lot is heavily used on weekends and holidays. Overnight parking is not allowed without a permit obtained while making camping reservations for the Ohlone Wilderness. Parking at Ohlone College is strongly encouraged.

    As of October 1, 2016, the City of Fremont established a temporary parking permit program for residents within the Mission Peak Neighborhood (map). Restricted parking times are from Saturday at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and on national holidays, including dates of observance.  Parking IS allowed on non-holiday weekdays. Park visitors are encouraged  to carpool, use public transportation and/or ride-sharing services, ride their bikes, or park at Ohlone College.

      > Transit and Trails: Mission Peak Regional Preserve (transit, biking, and walking directions).

    Public Transit

    Call 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 1-800-448-9790) or visit to confirm transit information.

    Safe Hiking Tips

    Every year, several dogs die of heat stroke and dehydration at Mission Peak and many hikers suffer injuries, as well. Consider these tips while hiking in the park:

    Water, Water, Water!!!

    • Bring at least 2 liters of water for you and your dog. 
    • Make sure your companions also have enough water. 
    • Offer water to your dog every time you drink some.

    Be Sun Smart

    • Wear a hat and generously re-apply sunscreen. 
    • Avoid hiking in the middle of the day in the summer months. 

    Dog Health and Safety

    • Dogs are much more susceptible to heat stroke than humans. Hike with your dog only in cooler temperatures.
    • Take rests and offer water frequently.
    • Watch for signs of heatstroke, which include heavy panting, dry gums, weakness and inattention. 

    Sturdy Footwear

    Trail Restoration

    Restoration of “The Scarface” Continues!

    The Park District continually works to remove bootleg trails and restore the natural beauty of the hillside near the Mission Peak summit, where it’s been eroded over the years due to hikers leaving designated trails. We’ve installed fences and signs to educate the public and direct hikers to stay on the marked paths.

    Please help the restoration effort by staying on the marked trails. Do not take shortcuts. Press release on restoration work, 2014.

    Click the image above for a full size version

    Preserving the beauty of Mission Peak

    Irvington High School student volunteers, members of the Mountain Goats bicycle club, and District staff helped restore more than ½-mile of trail in 2012 and 2013. They installed fencing, jut net blankets, eco-wattles, and grass seeds, in hopes of stabilizing the slope and preventing erosion. They also installed signs to educate visitors about the importance of staying on marked trails, and the efforts underway to protect the park’s natural beauty.


    BLUE = 2012 Restoration
    RED = 2013 Restoration
    GREEN = 2014 Restoration

    How can you help?

    For more tips and volunteer opportunities, see "A Restoration Story" and  Mission Peak Needs Your Help!

    - Stay on designated trails
    - Avoid entering restoration areas
    - Avoid creating new “bootleg” trails 

    Other Challenging Trails

    If you enjoy the challenge of the Hidden Valley Trail, try these challenging hikes.      

    About The Park

    Rising steeply to the east of the city of Fremont, Mission and Monument peaks form a dramatic backdrop to the South Bay. Hawks and vultures share the summit airspace with sailplanes riding the thermals, and a down-to-earth herd of feral goats roams the cliffs.

    This well used park, particularly on weekends, with hundreds of visitors attempting the 3-plus-mile hike to Mission Peak. About five hours are required to reach the summit and return. At the top of Mission Peak, hikers will be rewarded with views of Mount Hamilton to the south, the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west, Mt. Tamalpais to the north, and Mt. Diablo and the Sierra Nevada to the northeast.

    Submit Your Photos to the EBRPD Photo Pool

    This parkland's 3,000 acres are accessible from parking lots at Ohlone College (slightly longer hike, but more gradual ascent; plenty of parking on weekends) or from a small staging area at the east end of Stanford Avenue (steep climb to the summit; parking lot is extremely congested on weekends). There is no access to the park from Mill Creek Road.

    The Peak Trail from Ohlone College is an enjoyable hike to the summit that passes a horse corral, and through shaded woodlands and open grasslands. This trail is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a planned 550+-mile multi-use trail (currently over 330 miles are complete) along the hill and mountain ridgelines ringing the San Francisco Bay Area. Visitors are encouraged to park at Ohlone College, with 900+ parking spaces.

    The Stanford Avenue staging area is also the western access to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, a 29-mile hiking and riding trail through some of southern Alameda County's most beautiful wilderness. Permits are required to hike in the Ohlone Wilderness.

    Wildflower Photo Guide

    > Mission Peak (2.2 Mb, 11 x 8.5, 15 pages Acrobat PDF)

    Park Activities

    Hiking, biking, dog walking and horseback riding are popular activities available in the Regional Preserve.

    Interpretive Hikes

    The interpretive staff at Coyote Hills Regional Park leads organized hikes along the slopes and the peak. For information on these and other naturalist-led activities, call the Coyote Hills Visitor Center at (510) 544-3220.

    Backpack Camping

    Eagle Spring Backpack Camp offers backpack camping opportunities. Reservation is required. To make a reservation, call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2.

    Radio Control (R/C) Flying

    Remote-controlled aircrafts can be launched at R/C Hill only. All remote-controlled pilots launching at R/C Hill must be members of South Bay Soaring Society (SBSS) and must have in their possession a current membership card. No motorized or gas-powered aircraft are allowed. No other sites within Mission Peak Regional Preserve are approved for this activity.

    Hang Gliding and Paragliding

    The Wings of Rogallo hang gliding club has a launch site at Mission Peak Regional Preserve to conduct hang gliding and paragliding activities.

    ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

    Trail Accessibility Report

    Hidden Valley Trail: Download PDF format | Download Word format

    Trail Map

    Click on the map image below for a larger version

    Trail Map

    Directions for navigating the enlarged map
    When the enlarged version of the map opens click on the 'Full Expand' icon in the lower right hand corner of the map to see the 'Actual Size' map.

    'Full Expand' icon > Full Expand

    When the 'Actual Size' map is viewable, you can 'Click-Hold and Drag' the mouse button (left on a PC) to reposition the map, as desired.

    'Single-Click' on the 'Enlarged' or 'Actual Size' map to return to the park page.