Last Sunday was perfect. No rain showers, sunny and warmer temperatures. Finally! If you are fed up with this rainy weather like me and want to enjoy the nature again without spending too much time in the car, I strongly recommend a hike in the Mission Peak Regional Preserve http://www.ebparks.org/parks/mission. The preserve is located in Fremont in the East Bay, just a 25 minutes drive away from Palo Alto/Stanford. Mission Peak itself is about 2,517 feet (767 m) high and part of the Diablo Range. There are several hiking trails leading up to the top. The trails have some challenging but doable parts as there is an elevation gain of about 600 m within a few miles. However, the exhausting exercise is definitely worth it for three reasons:
1. You’ll have an amazing view over the Bay Area from San Jose to San Francisco. If it’s clear enough you can even see the Sierra Nevada.
2. It’s a nice hike that can be done within three hours. It took us about 1.5 hours to get to the top and another 1.25 hours to get back to the car – just perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
3. Your butt and calves will thank you for the good workout while you enjoy the view
If you think now that it might be too challenging, here’s another tip: Go there for the sunset, do just half of the trail and don’t forget your camera. I promise it’s still worth it.
Tips & Insights:
- Start in the late afternoon during summer time because it might be too hot during the day
- Mission Peak is a very convenient alternative to see beautiful sunsets as you don’t need to take the windy road to the beach (that can be foggy anyway