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Park Info

Address
East end of Stanford Avenue, off Mission Blvd.
Fremont, CA
Parking information
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Phone Numbers
510-544-3246
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4545

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Park Curfew
10 p.m. - 5 a.m.
Violators are subject to citation and/or arrest

Park Hours
Feb. 1 - March. 8
  7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
March 9 - May 8
  7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
May 9 - Nov. 1
  7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Nov. 2 - Jan. 31
  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Park Events
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Parking
Parking at the Stanford Avenue staging area is very limited and can be very congested, especially on weekends and holidays. As an alternative, park at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5847, and use the trailheads at the east end of the campus. Trails from this area also lead to the Mission Peak summit. 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. Also note that Lots M, N, O, and P will be closed for Ohlone College construction projects January 2014 – Summer 2015.

Dog Fee
No fee

Grazing Information
Grazing in the Parks

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

Picnic Reservations
No reservable sites

Emergency Number
911

EBRPD Headquarters
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757

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

 


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Notice

Ohlone College will be undergoing campus construction beginning January 2014, causing the closure of Lots M, N, O, and P until the Summer of 2015. All unauthorized vehicles parked in these lots will be subject to citation for parking violation and towed at owners expense.  Parking will be permitted in Lots G, H, K, E, and D.  

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About The Park

Parking at Mission Peak:
Parking at the Stanford Avenue staging area is very limited and can be very congested, especially on weekends and holidays. As an alternative, park at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5847, and use the trailheads at the east end of the campus. Trails from this area also lead to the Mission Peak summit. 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. Also note that Lots M, N, O, and P will be closed for Ohlone College construction projects January 2014 – Summer 2015.

Parking Expansion Project Information:
Learn more about the Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project and participate in our online discussion forums.

Other Challenge Hikes:
Try these challenging hikes as an alternative to Mission Peak!

Trail Restoration:
Do your part to keep Mission Peak safe and beautiful:
--Stay on designated trails
--Do not cut switchbacks or take shortcuts.
For more tips and volunteer opportunities, see Mission Peak Needs Your Help!

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 is a very popular 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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To Reach The Park

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 Regional Preserve (transit, biking, and walking directions)

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Public Transit

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

Trail Map

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Trail Map


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