Three springtime hikes lead you to the Bay Area's most solitary summits
The winter rains are ending, the hills are green, and thefirst wildflowers are blooming. In the Bay Area, March is primehiking season. The trouble is, a lot of other people know that too.If you’re looking for a spring hike that offers both exercise andwonderful views, you don’t need to fight the crowds at Mt.Tamalpais. Instead, you can ascend any of these three lesser-knownBay Area pinnacles and have the summit practically to yourself.Each is a local’s secret ― and each offers killer views on anafternoon hike.
Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont. Set above Fremont’sMission San Jose, this peak offers unparalleled views of the SouthBay. But the steep hike is for determined summiteers―youascend nearly 2,000 feet. From the staging area, follow the HiddenValley Trail (part of the Ohlone Wilderness Trail) about 2 1/4miles as it snakes up the grassy slope. Veer right onto Eagle Trailfor about 1/4 mile, then make the last 1/2-mile climb to the top onPeak Meadow Trail.