Mission Peak Regional Preserve is a public park east of Fremont , California, managed by the East Bay Regional Park District. It is the northern summit of the ridge, which includes Mount Allison and Monument Peak. Mission Peak is of symbolic significance and portrayed on the emblem of the City of Fremont.
Rising steeply to the east of the town of Fremont, the peaks of Mission and Monument form a dramatic backdrop to the South Bay. Determined and conditioned hikers who hit 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 Sierra Nevada to the northeast. Hawks and vultures share a high-level airspace with sailplanes riding thermals, and a down-to - earth herd of feral goats roams the cliffs.
This well-used park, particularly on weekends, with hundreds of visitors making a 3-plus-mile hike to Mission Peak. Approximately five hours are required to reach and return to the summit. This 3,023-acre parkland is accessible from a parking lot 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 crowded on weekends). There is no connection from Mill Creek Road to the park.
The Peak Trail from Ohlone College is a fun walk to the top that passes through a horse corral and shaded woodlands and open grasslands. This path is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a proposed 550 + -mile multi-use trail (currently over 330 miles) along the hill and mountain ridges of the San Francisco Bay Area. College charges a $4 parking fee from Monday to Saturday while school is in session. Parking is free on holiday, after 5 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays. Parking machine vending machines take cash or credit cards. See the Ohlone College parking information page to check the fee information.
Stanford Avenue is also the western access to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, a 29-mile hiking and hiking trail through some of the most scenic wilderness in Southern Alameda County. Permits are required to hike in the wilderness of Ohlone.
Mission Peak Regional Preserve is a popular location for paragliding and paragliding. Wings of Rogallo Northern California Hang Gliding Association Inc. has been certified by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to manage paragliding and paragliding at Mission Peak since 1983.
Hikers will watch take-offs from the launch point 1,950 ft (590 m ) above sea level, marked by a large wind sock. Landings occur adjacent to the main hiking trail approximately one quarter mile (400 m) from the entrance to Stanford Road , near the planned parking lot site anticipated at the end of 2018.
On September 6, 1971, Dave Kilbourne, one of the creators of the Wings of Rogallo, climbed the Mission Ridge and unaided launched a flex wing hang glider. The flight lasted more than an hour and became the first person in the world to do so.
This amazing landmark is located in California’s Alameda County and is only a short distance away from:
- Jack London Square
- Oakland Zoo
- Lake Merritt
- Chabot Space & Science Center
- USS Hornet - Sea, Air and Space Museum
- Coyote Hills Regional Park
- The University of California Botanical Garden
- Del Valle Regional Park
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location, conveniently located just down the freeway at 1261 Locust St, Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!