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Park Info

New Park Hours

Park Closed at Stanford Ave. Entrance/Parking Lot and park area  
7:30pm - 6:30am

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

New Park Hours Acrobat PDF Icon - Pagelet
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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
- Park at Ohlone College
- 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!
- Try these alternate routes to the peak; other hikes; keep your day safe
- Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project
- Yahoo Map
- Transit & Trails
- Wayside Panels - Anza

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

 

Notice

Trail restoration work will be conducted on a 1,700-foot long bootleg trail off Peak Trail at Mission Peak Regional Preserve from Wednesday, Oct 29 until Thursday, November 27. All trails will remain open during the improvement, but the bootleg trail to be restored will no longer be available to hikers. More information.

New Park Hours

Increased visitor use, curfew violations, and overflow parking in the neighborhood adjacent to the Stanford Ave. staging area have impacted the neighborhood as well as caused severe trail erosion in this part of Mission Peak. 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. Park Map with New Hours Adobe Acrobat PDF

Safety tips and Other Challenging Trails Brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF

A. Visitors are encouraged to use the Ohlone College Park Entrance/Parking Lot
     
Daily, Year-round:
   
6:00am – 10:00pm
  Parking info and fee
   
B. Stanford Avenue Park Entrance/Parking Lot
  
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

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. Note that Lots M, N, O, and P will be closed for Ohlone College construction projects January 2014 – Summer 2015.

Parking is available in Lots G, H, K E, and D. There is 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. Note that overnight parking is not allowed at Ohlone College. 


Hiking the Peak Trail from 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, many dogs die hiking Mission Peak with their human companions and many humans suffer injuries. Consider these tips while hiking Mission Peak—Be Safe!

Water, Water, Water!!!

Prevent dehydration & heat stroke for you and your dog:
- Bring enough water for you & your dog – at least 2 liters
- Make sure your hiking buddies also have enough water
- Offer water to your dog every time you drink some!

Be Sun Smart

- Wear a hat & generously reapply sunscreen
- Avoid hiking in the middle of the day during the hot summer months
- Stay hydrated!

Dog Health and Safety

Dogs depend on their owners!  Be aware that dogs can overheat on strenuous trails, especially on warm summer days.  Dogs are much more susceptible to heat stroke than humans.
- Hike with your dog only during cool temperatures
- Take rest breaks & offer water frequently
- Watch for signs of fatigue, dehydration, heatstroke, and injury.  Heavy panting, dry gums, weakness, & inattention are sighs of heatstroke.
- Protect paw pads with dog hiking boots and socks

Sturdy Footwear

Hiking boots and athletic shoes recommended! Adobe Acrobat PDF
- Hiking socks help to minimize abrasion & absorb moisture
- Flip-flops, open-toe shoes, and high heels should NOT be worn.

Trail Restoration

Preserving the beauty of Mission Peak

Irvington High School Student volunteers, members of the Mountain Goats bicycle club, and District staff installed over one-half mile of trail restoration treatments in 2012 and 2013.  Trail restoration treatment includes jut net blankets and eco-wattles to stabilize the slope along with seeding, and Mother Nature!  Trail restoration is timed to take advantage of seasonal rains so the new grasses can take root.  Fencing is installed to define the restoration area and signage educates park visitors about the efforts being taken to protect the natural beauty of Mission Peak.

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.

Parking Expansion Project

MP-Parking-Expansion-Graphic

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.

Learn more about the Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project and Staging Area Expansion Project Overview Adobe Acrobat PDF

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.

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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.

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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

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Trail Map

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Trail Map


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