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Horse Heaven Trail to Mission Peak

See San Francisco Bay from high atop Mission Peak in Fremont, CA, USA. Strenuous 6-mile loop hike

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 6 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Mission Peak, one of the most popular East Bay hikes, is a great workout with 2,000 feet of climb in two miles and spectacular views... more »

Tips:  This is a strenuous hike -- be sure you're up for it.

Footing is tricky near the summit.

You might see a rattlesnake; if so, give it... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Stanford Avenue>Horse Heaven Trail

Start out from the Stanford Avenue parking lot and take the first right turn, less than a quarter mile up the trail. This route passes through a gate; you'll see a corral over to the right; don't go that way. Bear left and head up the hill on the wide trail. Climb for about another mile till you hit a trail junction with a post marked "Horse... More

2. Horse Heaven Trail>Summit

Keep climbing and following the Horse Heaven Trail posts. About two miles into your hike you may see three holes carved in the rock: these are mortars created by the Ohlone People to crush acorns, a staple of their diet. (It's possible to miss the mortars if you get off on a spur path).

Keep climbing -- the summit will be at your left the whole ... More

3. Summit>Trailhead

The return trip is straightforward with a few options (typically you can just follow the crowds): Once you pick your way down the rocky summit approach you'll see a hitching post over at the right and a wide descending trail. This way offers a much more gradual descent with easier footing, but if you're in a hurry you can follow the use trails... More