I rose at 3AM to meet some members of my Night Photography Group at Peak Trail in East Bay Regional Park Dist. to hike up to Mission Peak.
I and only one other hiker did this hike this morning. We met at 4:30AM and walked about 15 mins to the trailhead.
This is was an arduous climb for me. My legs are still tired from Sunday’s 9.4 mile hike out to Tomales Point and back. I made it to the top! After two previous hikes up that fell 500ft short. I’ve finally made it!
The fog was low and the Summit was shrouded in it. We could not see the sunrise, or the city lights below. I did take a few photographs of me, and Steven at the pole, and one of the Summit elevation marker. You can see how bundled up a I am; I was cold. The wind is whipping around my pack straps. I had 3 layers of clothes on top and two on the bottom and hand warmers in my gloves.
The Summit Marker- Says, Mission Peak 2,517 ft
The climb- The trail starts at 500ft and the top is 2,517ft.at the top. A 2,100 foot ascent. It’s 3.4 miles from bottom to the top. Pretty STEEP!
The trail traverses rocky loose soil, rutted, dusty, with rocks jutting out of the trail, wooded areas, you may run into cows that roam freely through the park on or near the trail, and there are open areas with strong winds, and gusts. Today at the top the wind was blowing pretty hard WNW 10-20 MPH.
We didn’t stay up any longer than to take a few photos then we started our descent.
Under the fog layer.
View of Moffet Field, Mt. View, and Northern Sunnyvale,CA from Peak Trail
It took me 2h5m to reach the summit and about half that to get down.
I traveled up here really light this morning. Only taking the Nikon D300s, Nikkor 18-200mmVR w/one spare battery, my ND Grads, tool kit, rain gear for me and the camera, water, and tripod.
BTW- I think Rocky, rutted, and Dusty would be an excellent name for a Grunge or Heavy Metal Band!
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