Ascent of Mission Peak on 2020-08-01

Climber: David Sharg

Date:Saturday, August 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mission Peak
    Elevation:2517 ft / 767 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mission Peak

Total distance: 8.43 miles
Total elevation gain: 2,446 ft
Total time: 4 hours 4 minutes
Start time: 1:30pm
Trailhead: Mission Blvd and Anza-Pine Road in Fremont; Ohlone College
Accomplishments by list: San Francisco Nifty Ninety #1

Difficulty of hike: 7 out of 10. The ascent is pretty steep, but not very long, with flat sections along the way. The trail is wide and easy to follow. A good workout.

Views during hike: 9 out of 10. Nearly 360 views at the top. Pretty good views along most of the trail as well.

Ascent on the descent: Maybe 20 feet on the back end of the descent, just before joining the main trail. Another 150 or so extra feet of ascent to climb Peak 1220.

People seen on hike: Maybe around 100 or so, all along the trail and summit.

Animals seen: a good number of cows.

I was in Fremont visiting my brother and his family. He invited me to hike Mission Peak with him and his neighbor. The neighbor backed out the morning of the hike, so it was just my brother and I. We went in the afternoon, and reached the summit about 2 hours. My brother has done the trail before, said that it was faster than in his previous attempts. There was a good amount of foot traffic on the trail, but from what I read beforehand, it was less than I expected.

I also read about Mount Allison, a 1k prominence peak right next to Mission Peak. I saw conflicting reports about alarms blaring if you approach the summit. My brother and I agreed to decide to go for Allison or not after reaching the summit of Mission. At that point, we were ready to turn around and head back, so maybe I'll attempt Allison another time.

The trail from Ohlone College wraps around Peak 1220 on its way up to Mission Peak. My brother asked me if I wanted to climb it, and I told him that we can do it on the descent if we still had energy. We most certainly had the energy when we got back to it, so I led the way up this steep but short climb, and my brother followed. The views up here were almost as nice as the summit of Mission Peak, though not to the south as Mission blocked the views in that direction. This short climb is a worthwhile addition to this hike for those with energy left after Mission Peak. I have added it to the Peakbagger database.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Mission Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mission Peak2020-08-01 
2Peak 12202020-08-01 
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