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Park Info

Park Hours

Park OPEN at Stanford Ave.
Entrance/Parking Lot and affected park area
Nov 1 - Feb 1
6:30am - 6:00pm

Park OPEN at Ohlone College
Entrance/Parking Lot
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
6:00am - 10:00pm

NO Public Access to Mission Peak from Mill Creek Road.

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

Phone Numbers
510-544-3246
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
No fee

Maps and Downloadable Material
- Download Brochure
- View Trail Map
- Download PDF Map
- Ohlone College 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

The District published the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project October 16, 2015.  The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a 45-day public review and comment period, which was initiated on the date of Draft EIR publication.  The public review period originally was scheduled to conclude on November 30, 2015 but was extended by the District to conclude on December 15, 2015.  In total, 60 days were provided for public review and comment.  The District hosted a public meeting on November 9, 2015, and public input received at that meeting was addressed along with written comments received during the public review period.  

The Final EIR, which includes (1) the comments received during the public review period on the Draft EIR, (2) responses to comments, (3) text changes to the Draft EIR, and (4) the Mitigation, Monitoring, and Reporting Program (MMRP), was published on August 29, 2016.  Two public meetings were announced with publication of the Final EIR, one being the District’s Board Executive Committee Meeting on September 2, 2016 and the second being the District’s Board of Directors on September 20, 2016.  

The results of those meetings were that the Board Executive Committee forwarded a recommendation to the District’s Board to certify the EIR, adopt the MMRP, and approve the “Option A” Project.  The District’s Board of Directors certified the Final EIR, adopted the MMRP, approved the “Option A” Project, and authorized funding appropriations to complete design and construction at their September 20, 2016 meeting.  At a follow-up meeting on October 4, 2016, the District’s Board confirmed those approvals and adopted Findings.  

The “Option A” site is located approximately 250 feet northeast of the existing staging area on a grassland area with a bowl-like topography.  The Project will provide a maximum of 300 new parking spaces within the boundaries of Mission Peak on a portion of the land owned by the City of Fremont and leased to the District.  The Project will also include a gate for controlled access to the new staging area, a kiosk, new public restrooms connected to public sewer, picnic tables, landscaping, utility improvements, paved vehicle access roadways, and new graveled roadways/trail connections.  Post-construction stormwater controls will include treatment through bioretention within the staging area and hydromodification management using a detention pond.

A lawsuit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of the Coalition to Save Mission Peak challenging the adequacy of the environmental review presented in the EIR. It could take months to several years to resolve this litigation.

The Draft EIR, the Final EIR, and other documents associated with the Project are is available online at at our Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project page and at the District’s main office  Administrative Office located at 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland.

Questions? Contact Michelle Julene at StanfordAveProject@ebparks.org.

Park Hours

Increased visitor use, curfew violations, and overflow parking in the neighborhood adjacent to the Stanford Ave. staging area have impacted the neighborhood. To address the situation, new hours have been set. New Hours Flyer Adobe Acrobat PDF

    Please note that visitors found inside the park, entrance area,  and parking lot after posted hours will be subject to citation and or arrest.
A. Visitors are encouraged to use the Ohlone College Park Entrance/Parking Lots E, G and H and any level of the South Parking Structure. Please see the Ohlone College Parking Information section below.
     
OPEN Daily, Year-round:
   
6:00am – 10:00pm
  Parking info and fee
   
B. Park OPEN Stanford Avenue Park Entrance/Parking Lot and affected park area
  Nov 1 - Feb 1:     6:30am – 6:00pm 
   Feb 2 – Mar 7:     6:30am – 6:30pm 
  Mar 8 – Mar 29:     6:30am – 8:00pm 
  Mar 30 – Aug 30:     6:30am – 9:00pm
  Aug 31 - Sep 28:
    6:30am - 8:00pm
  Sep 29 - Oct 31:
    6:30am - 7:30pm

Ohlone College Parking Information

Ohlone College parking, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5847. Access from Pine Street or Witherly Lane off Mission Blvd. Both the Peak Trail and the Panorama trail lead to the Mission Peak summit. 

Parking is available in Lots E, G and H, and the new parking structure. Remaining lots will be closed or otherwise affected by Ohlone College construction projects. There is a $4 parking fee Monday through Friday, 6am - 11pm, and Saturday 7am - 5pm, when school is in session. Parking is free on Sundays, holidays, and after 5pm on Saturdays. Parking lot vending machines take cash or credit cards. Overnight parking is not allowed at Ohlone College. 

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.

The Stanford Avenue Staging Area is located at the east end of Stanford Avenue, off Mission Blvd.  This staging area provides very limited parking and is usually full especially on weekends and holidays.

Parking at Ohlone College is strongly encouraged.

Overnight parking is not allowed at the Stanford Ave. Staging area without a permit obtained while making camping reservations for the Ohlone Wilderness.

There is no access to the park from Mill Creek Road.

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 Transit.511.org to confirm transit information.

Please Respect Our Neighbors

When parking on the public streets surrounding the Stanford Avenue Staging Area, please be courteous and respect our neighbors.

- Keep noise to a minimum: quiet voices, no loud music, manually lock your car.
- Park legally. Avoid blocking driveways, mailboxes, fire hydrants, red curbs, garbage cans.
- Take all trash with you. Park at Ohlone College.


KRON 4: People Behaving Badly Mission Peak Frenzy

This video produced by a park neighbor shows the effects of overflow parking on the neighborhoods. > Mobile: View Video

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 the designated trail. We’ve installed fences and signs to educate the public and direct hikers to stay on the marked paths.

We’re very excited by the success of this restoration project, and ask that visitors help by staying on the marked trails. More information. More information.

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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.

MP-Trail-Restoration-Graphic

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. The determined and conditioned hiker who reaches the top of Mission Peak 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.

Wildflower Photo Guide

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

Submit Your Photos to the EBRPD Photo Pool

 

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. 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 in Fremont (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. The college charges a $4 parking fee Monday through Saturday when school is in session. Parking is free on holidays, after 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and on Sundays. Parking lot vending machines take cash or credit cards. See the Ohlone College parking information webpage to confirm fee information.

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.

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.

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Trail Accessibility Report

Hidden Valley Trail: Download PDF format | Download Word format

Trail Map

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Trail Map


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