Mission Peak Hike - September 28, 2001
There are several trails that go to the peak. I chose the most strenuous
trail, which starts in a parking lot at the end of Stanford Avenue in
Fremont, at an elevation of 400 feet. Here's a picture of the trail head, and
the parking lot (as seen from just beyond the trail head):
It took me about 2 hours to reach the top, and about 1:40 to return (plus about 30 minutes at the summit). I hiked a total of about 5.9 miles, which included a 2100 foot elevation change.
At the summit, there are two outcroppings, about 50 yards apart. The
western one has a pillar (visible in the above picture) with holes through which
you can look at various points of interest in the Bay Area:
However, the eastern outcropping has a survey marker. According to my
GPS (a Garmin eTrex Vista)
this survey marker is at an elevation of 2516.4 feet. Since the official
height of Mission Peak is 2517 feet, this suggests that this is the true summit:
According to my GPS, the survey marker is located at N37º 30' 44.99" latitude, W121º 52' 50.94" longitude, with an elevation of 2516.4 feet. The pillar is located at N37º 30' 45.89" latitude, W121º 52' 53.13" longitude, at an elevation of 2510.1 feet.