Mission Peak to Monument Peak Trail

Sunol Regional Wilderness, California

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain470ft
Trailhead Elevation2,479ft
Top2,479ft
Elevation Min/Max2326/2479ft
Elevation Start/End2479/2479ft

Mission Peak to Monument Peak Trail

Mission Peak to Monument Peak Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Alameda County, California. It is within Sunol Regional Wilderness. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 2,479 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 470 feet. This trail connects with the following: Eagle Loop Trail.

Mission Peak to Monument Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A 2100’ climb on the Hidden Valley Trail to the craggy summit offers views of landmarks from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Sierra."

"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.)"

"A stiff climb from the Peak Meadow Trail on the steep Horse Heaven Trail crosses the headwaters of Agua Caliente Creek to ascend the peak on its south side, returning by the Hidden Valley Trail. The Horse Heaven Trail is for hikers and equestrians only, and can be impassable in wet weather."

"A quiet trail camp hides behind the soaring summit of landmark Mission Peak. Secluded high above the Bay Area yet hidden from its bustle, it offers a tranquil destination with superlative views along the way."

"On this Mission Peak excursion, you’ll begin at the edge of a Fremont residential neighborhood, hike fire roads, then take a little trail straight to the summit—an ascent of more than 2,000 feet. If you’ve picked a clear day, the 360-degree views are inspiring, but on windy days you may want to immediately head back downhill to the parking lot."

"Climb through high grasslands past three lofty peaks that top a rugged ridgeline. You’ll have views of rippling hills, tree-filled canyons, and bayshore marshlands from these exposed and often windy trails. Get an early start to do the bulk of the 2220-foot elevation gain before the day warms and to watch the sun rise above the fog-shrouded peaks, illuminating the landscape with an ethereal glow. With a 1920-foot elevation loss, you’ll encounter some very steep segments in the final 4-mile descent to a pretty lake in a quiet valley. The side trip to Mission Peak’s summit is on a narrow, steep, and rocky trail."

Mission Peak to Monument Peak Trail Reviews

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6/15/2011
STEEP hike ... starts off steep and doesn't end until the peak .. but what a VIEW! Makes the effort worth it. Be warned ... there is little to no shade on this hike.
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9/30/2007
The area was dry, but the weather was great and the view from the top was fantastic.
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Mission Peak to Monument Peak Trail Photos

Trail Information

Sunol Regional Wilderness
Nearby City
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
East Bay Regional Park District, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Box 5381, Oakland 94605; (888) EBPARKS; www.ebparks.org/parks/mission
Local Contacts
USGS Niles; Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018