Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mission Peak Trail, Fremont, CA

The journey to Fremont to hike Mission Peak is well worth the drive. Mission Peak Trail is primarily a nice, wide fire trail, with a slight scramble near the peak which tops out at 2,615 feet.

The final push...
Olma and I hiked this trail to the summit in about an hour and a half. It's a steady and, at times, steep climb. The trail is pretty much exposed to the sun at all times, so, on sunny days, make sure you apply the sunblock and bring adequate hydration.

Almost there.

It's also a good idea to bring some type of windbreaker or sweater as it can get a bit gusty and chilly at the summit. We stayed at the summit long enough to eat lunch (I believe it was Lara bars, blueberries, and bananas).

Hey look! A tree!
The view from the summit was impressive and this was on a day that was slightly cloudy in the Bay Area. I can't wait to see what it looks like on a clear day. 

We made it!
Wildlife in the area was predominantly of the bovine variety. There must be a cattle ranch nearby. We also spotted several squirrels and hawks.

After your day on Mission Peak, a good place to refuel is The Country Way Restaurant on nearby Mowry Way. Nothing fancy; just good diner food.

We're both looking forward to another hike on Mission Peak.

Perhaps the mountain grew 102 ft since this marker was placed?

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