East end of Stanford Avenue, off Mission Blvd
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Parking at the Stanford Avenue staging area is very limited and can be very congested, especially on weekends and holidays. As an alternative, we suggest parking at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5847, and using the trailheads at the east end of the campus. Trails from this area also lead to the summit of Mission Peak. Note that overnight parking is not allowed at Ohlone College. Overnight parking is not allowed at the Stanford Ave. staging area without a permit obtained while making camping reservations for the Ohlone Wilderness.
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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 (925) 862-2218.
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 information on the Park District's grazing program click on the Stewardship/Resources link on the left side of this page. For any grazing related issues or reports please call the Park Office at (925) 862-2218.
Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Parking Expansion Project Information
> Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project
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About The Park
Please note: Parking at the Stanford Avenue staging area is very limited and can be very congested, especially on weekends and holidays. As an alternative, we suggest parking at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5847, and using the trailheads at the east end of the campus. Trails from this area also lead to the summit of Mission Peak. Note that overnight parking is not allowed at Ohlone College. Overnight parking is not allowed at the Stanford Ave. staging area without a permit obtained while making camping reservations for the Ohlone Wilderness.
Rising steeply to the east behind the city of Fremont, Mission and Monument peaks form a dramatic backdrop to the South Bay.
The determined hiker who reaches its top 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.
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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 is a very popular park, particularly on weekends with hundreds of visitors hiking to the peak. About five hours are required to reach the summit and return. Mission Peak's 3,000+ acres are accessible from parking lots at Ohlone College (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; extremely congested in parking lot on weekends). There is no access from Mill Creek Road.
The Peak Trail from Ohlone College is an enjoyable hike to the summit that passes a horse corral, 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 $2 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.
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.
Hiking, biking, dog walking and horseback riding are popular activities available in the Regional Preserve.
The interpretive staff at Coyote Hills Regional Park plans 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.
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 has a launch site within Mission Peak Regional Preserve to conduct hang gliding and paragliding activities.
Trail Accessibility Report
From I-680 in Fremont, exit at Mission Boulevard and go north. After about 1/2 mile, turn right (east) on Stanford Avenue and follow it to the staging area.
Transit and Trails: Mission Peak Regionial Preserve
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