Park OPEN at Stanford Ave.
Entrance/Parking Lot and affected park area
Sept 29 - Oct 31
6:30am - 7:30pm
Park OPEN at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
6:00am - 10:00pm
New 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
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, option 2
- 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
Grazing in the Parks
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.
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
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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- Please email all comments to StanfordAveProject@ebparks.org
- Press Release: New Park Hours at Mission Peak Regional Preserve
- See Press Coverage on Mission Peak
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
- Please note that visitors found inside the park, entrance area, and parking lot after posted hours will be subject to citation and or arrest.
- 2014 Informational Brochure - includes safety tips and optional hiking trails
||OPEN Daily, Year-round:
||6:00am – 10:00pm
|Parking info and fee
|Sep 29 – Oct 31:||6:30am – 7:30pm|
|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|
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 G, 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.
> Download: Printable version of the Ohlone College Parking Map (above)
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.
Call 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 1-800-448-9790) or visit Transit.511.org to confirm transit information.
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
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.
- Hiking boots and athletic shoes with ankle support are recommended!
- Thick socks help minimize blisters and absorb moisture.
- Do not wear flip-flops, sandals or high heels.
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?
- Stay on designated trails
- Avoid entering restoration areas
- Avoid creating new “bootleg” trails
Mission Peak has become extremely popular in recent years and increased visitor use causes the Stanford Avenue Staging area to become full throughout the day, resulting in overflow parking in the surrounding neighborhood streets. The Stanford Avenue Staging Area only accommodates 47 cars, and overflow demand vastly exceeds that. On busy summer weekends over 300 cars have been parked in the surrounding neighborhood streets, creating problems for neighbors and park visitors alike.
The District is analyzing solutions to reduce overflow parking problems. The District is limited to solutions within its jurisdiction, and is considering two new parking area locations within the boundaries of Mission Peak and a No Project Alternative. Each parking area alternative would provide a maximum of 300 parking spaces and would include new public restrooms, picnic tables, and vegetated infiltration swales that would serve to capture and treat parking area run-off and provide visual screening of the new staging areas.
The District is carefully evaluating the potential environmental impacts that could result from construction, operation, and maintenance of a potential new staging area at Mission Peak. This is taking longer than originally expected, however, the additional time and study will result in a more informed environmental document. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is expected to be available for public review in 2015. While the EIR is being prepared, District staff is continuing with trail restoration efforts and appreciates your cooperation in supporting these efforts by remaining on the designated trails.
Meanwhile, we ask that park visitors observe park rules and curfew hours, be courteous to neighbors when parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, pack out trash for disposal in trash receptacles, and stay on designated trails.
Contact Michelle Julene, Park Planner, for additional information and/or to be placed on the mailing list for the Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project at StanfordAveProject@ebparks.org.
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 )
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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 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 $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. 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.
Hiking, biking, dog walking and horseback riding are popular activities available in the Regional Preserve.
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.
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.
Trail Accessibility Report
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