Mission Peak from Sunol is about 10.4 miles long and located near Fremont, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally... more » takes 2-3 hours. Warning: there is no water anywhere on this trail, make sure to bring adequate supply, especially on hot summer days.
This is a more shady alternative to the typical Mission Peak hike from Stanford Avenue parking lot. Much less crowded.
The trail starts at Sunol Regional Park ($5 entrance fee), which can be reached by taking Calaveras exit (South) from Hwy 680, driving on Calaveras until reaching Geary road, and following Geary to the park gate. Park at the nearest available parking stall and head west on unmarked trail (towards Calaveras road), for 0.7 miles until the trail reaches a gate opening to Calaveras road.
Cross Calaveras road, and enter Ohlone Wilderness trail through cattle gate. Follow the trail up the hill for 1.2 miles on a pleasant gravel road - plenty of shade here. At mile 2 there is a fork in the road; turn left (there is a private residence on the right).
The road continues through a series of meadows and oak groves for another mile, until a cattle gate that leads you to an open area (mile 3). Continue for another mile until you reach Ohlone Wilderness boundary (mile 4, gate, map). In 0.3 miles you enter the last shady grove on the way towards Mission peak.
To avoid going up and down on the same road, exiting the grove you can take a left turn towards Eagle Springs backpack camp, and then hike up the Mission Peak from the south side. In the spring there is a galore of wildflowers (mostly poppies) on the slopes. Descend via north trail, and turn right at the first road juncture. in another half mile turn left onto the road towards the oak grove, and head back towards Sunol Regional Park. less «