Mission Peak from Ed Levin to Ohlone College
10.0 miles     2400 ft
26 Apr 2015
Summary

A point to point hike from Ed Levin to Ohlone College, via Monument Peak and Mission Peak. Gorgeous views of green valleys in spring, especially along the section connecting the two peaks.

Location: Mission Peak Regional Preserve

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Good quality map showing various trails.

» Official Trail Map: Good map showing various sections. Also see Text portion of the map.

Route

I like this route more than the regular route to Mission Peak from Stanford Ave or Ohlone College trailheads. The section between Mission Peak and Monument Peak feels placid and relaxing, with valley views on both sides of the trail. Great views in spring when hills are lush green.

Trailhead: Start at Sandy Wool Group Area.

To Monument Peak (4.0 miles): Tularcitos Trail (0.3 miles) → Agua Caliente Trail (0.4 + 1.0 miles) → Monument Peak Trail (1.4 + 0.3 + 0.6 miles).

To Mission Peak (2.8 miles): Follow Bay Area Ridge Trail all the way to Mission Peak. Great valley views on both sides of this trail. Not much elevation gain. Gentle and relaxed.

To Ohlone College (3.2 miles): Follow Peak Trail all the way to Ohlone College trailhead. Then follow a paved road to reach the intersection of Mission Blvd and Pine St.

Notes:

  1. Hang gliders may be seen in air during the hike. Locations of hang gliding take off points and landing points are marked in the official trail map for Ed Levin County Park.
  2. There is a restroom along Peak Trail in Mission Peak Regional Preserve.
  3. It is usually windy at Mission Peak. In April - May, even if it is sunny, it is cool near the top.
Trailhead

Start Location

Location: along Downing Road, Milpitas, CA 95035 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From CA-237 East, continue onto E Calaveras Blvd. After 1.8 miles, turn left on Downing Road. Continue for 0.8 miles to reach various parking lots in Ed Levin County Park.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $6 per vehicle (last visited: April 2011)

Capacity: Many cars can be parked inside the park at various parking lots.

Latitude: 37.454693     Longitude: -121.863956

End Location

Location: Mission Blvd & Pine St, Fremont, CA 94539 . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From I-880 North, take exit 12A and merge onto Mission Blvd toward Sacramento / I-680. Continue for 2.2 miles along Mission Blvd. Ohlone College lies at the intersection with Pine St. According to instructions here, you may park in lots M, N, O or P for fees collected at vending machines. For locations of these lots, see Map of Ohlone College. One may park on Mission Blvd itself, then walk 0.3 miles along Pine St to reach the trailhead for Mission Peak. There are signs along Pine St.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None if you park on Mission Blvd. Paid parking in lots M, N, O or P in Ohlone College (as per the official trail map). (last visited: February 2013)

Capacity: Many cars may be parked here.

Latitude: 37.526575     Longitude: -121.917922

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