"A steady climb of more than 2000 feet in just over 3 miles, most of it on the Hidden Valley Trail, a well-graded dirt road, brings you to the top of Mission Peak, one of the East Bay’s most dramatic summits, offering views of the entire Bay Area. If you plan your trip for a clear day in winter or spring, after a storm front has moved through, most of the Bay Area will be revealed, from Mt. Tamalpais to the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is not a trip for hot weather—the out- nd-back route offers little shade. Even on a warm day, however, take extra clothes and a wind shell—this is a mountain environment which can quickly turn hostile. Along the way to Mission Peak’s summit, a number of paths—short cuts and cow trails— leave the main route: ignore these and stay on the wide dirt road. Please respect all signs regarding areas closed for restoration. (The letters MP, for Mission Peak, OT, for Ohlone Trail, and numbers in parentheses in the route description below refer to numbered junctions on the park map.)"