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Hiking Stats as of 11/21/2018
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 325
 3,891.68 miles
 1,060,050 feet

Aug 18, 2013 - Mission Peak

 

Partners: (None)

Distance: 6.52 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,215 feet

Trip Time: 2:20

Maps and Stats:
Following my aborted attempt at White Mountain on Saturday, I decided I needed to accomplish something Sunday but didn't really feel like spending any more time on the road. The perfect cure for this dilemma is Mission Peak, an extremely popular peak east of Fremont and about a 45 minute drive from my house. Being that this part of the Bay Area gets really hot during the summer I hadn't been to Mission Peak in several months, although it has always been a fun little climb the other seasons of the year.

I won't spend too much time on Mission Peak, as my previous ascents will give more of an overview of what this hike entails, but the key things to remember are that Mission Peak is popular, fully exposed to the sun, and mildly strenuous as you make your way from about 350 feet up to about 2400 feet over the course of nearly 3 miles. I've done this hike several times before, usually either in a challenge to get to the summit in under 1 hour or as part of a half day hike where I continue on to Mt. Allison and Monument Peak to turn it into a longer day on the trail.

Because it was summer and I had hiked yesterday, I was not considering either of those options, but rather just wanted to get in some maintenance work on my hiking skills. I made the trek on the wide open fire road, passing many people out for a Sunday hike, most of whom would not make the top but still many who would. I made the top in about 1 hour and 8 minutes, a rather slow time that I attribute to the warm weather, although still I should have done better. I didn't spend too much time enjoying the views, as I have been up here many times before and so there wasn't much new to see. I soon was back on the fire trail down when I noticed an ambulance making its way up the fire road towards the top. I hadn't seen anything up on top or near the top that would have required an emergency response, but the only thing I could think of that might be wrong was that someone had overheated. The ambulance thankfully didn't bother turning its siren on, as that would have added insult to the cloud dust that left me coughing as the ambulance passed me on my way down. Before long I was back at my car in the beautiful neighborhood adjacent to the Mission Peak Regional Preserve, satisfied that I got something productive done this weekend on the trail.

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