Hiking Stats as of 11/20/2019
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 3,891.68 miles
 1,060,050 feet
Having largely run out of challenging hikes in the Bay Area, Kyle and I decided to try the Mission Peak/Mt. Allison/Monument Peak trio but from the east side, coming up from the Sunol Visitor Center rather than coming up from the western side in Fremont. I've been to Mission Peak several times, but the only time I came up from this side was when I did the full Ohlone Trail nearly two years ago.

We met up around 9:40 at the Sunol Visitor Center and set off on our hike, not really expecting anything too difficult but hoping to see some new scenery to spice things up. The trip up to Mission Peak from Sunol is longer, but not nearly as steep as the trip from Fremont. The views on the east side were nice, albeit hazy. We were somewhat surprised to see what looked like snow on the trail, although at this elevation it didn't seem possible. But it wasn't frost or ice, so I'm not really sure what it was. Anyway, we reached the summit of Mission Peak after about 5 1/2 miles, as opposed to the 2.75 miles it takes from Fremont. It seemed that with this extra mileage at least we would achieve our goal of having at least a somewhat challenging day on the trail.

After spending exactly zero time on the summit, due to the large crowds that always congregate there, we continued on towards the higher Mt. Allison, roughly 1 mile further to the south. Along the way we saw some sort of bird perched on a rock, making for some great scenery with Mt. Diablo in the background. After pausing to have lunch off the trail and behind some rocks so we wouldn't be bothered, we continued on to Mt. Allison, the highpoint of the day. Fantastic views can be had from up there, and even the bay area haze couldn't ruin our views of San Francisco. We quickly moved on to Monument Peak, where Kyle went looking for the Geocache that he had found on our visit here the prior year. He looked around for a while but could not find it. While he looked, I took a shot of a hazy San Jose - unfortunately the view in this case really was ruined by the haze. Having seen all these views before we both were ready to work our way back down to the Sunol visitor center, and we arrived back at the cars after 15.5 miles and a bit less than 6 hours of hiking time. The relatively quick pace illustrated that this wasn't exactly one of our tougher outings, but even still there is nothing wrong with doing maintenance hikes, and going to the Mission Peak ridge is a fine place to do those.

With both of us having done all 3 of these summits before, more in depth reports and pictures can be found in earlier trip reports.

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