Hiking Mission Peak, Fremont Hiking the Superstition Mountains - Desert 1 day ago   03:06

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A hike to the Mission Peak summit in Fremont, California. 6-mile clockwise loop, 2000 feet of elevation gain

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Ja Ra
Dang back in 2008 my boy Pedro and I would run up and down in less than 1 hour!! Good times
Paul Newsom
First went up here in 76 at 13 last was 2014 summer most who live in Fremont are not from there so if you run into the strange ones just ignore most are nice especially hound college kids I was lucky to get to tell them of the good old days when Fremont was a nice place sad that's been gone since 84
Mission Peak Apparel
Nice vid. That hill at the 1:18 mark can no longer be hiked as it was closed for restoration. There's a new route to the top with the same great workout.
Pinoy Gamer
I hiked to the top for the first time last saturday. We took the hard route and i was already dead tired near the beginning and middle. We were ahead of an old couple and they passed us because i needed to take breaks constantly. My feet were tired and wet from the mud and water. There were areas where theres no way you can go around without getting wet. The hills were not as hard to walk when we were reaching the top. My friend was freezing since it was so cold up there. There was a small snake when we walked back down. The whole loop took us 3 1/2 hours. THe mountain looks way different from the video. The grass was a bright green
Brian Salas
how long is the hike?
David Rosenblatt
Does anyone know if mountain lions or any other type of large cat are known to frequent Mission Peak? Sometime around the year 2000, I took a side trip after biking up to the peak to a relatively remote area, maybe half a kilometer away. I happened on a large cat (about 100 meters from me) of a dark grey or brown color. He was actually standing on an outcropping, staring down at a group of goats below him. When he turned his gaze to me, I decided it was time to beat it outta there. Since then I've always been curious to know what it was I saw.
Jane
Just hiked this yesterday. Started at Ohlone college I think it's called? Ended up being 6 miles to the summit, then took hidden valley trail all the way down and had to walk 2.5 miles back to our car. Little over 12 miles in total. Not for the faint of heart. It took 6 hours for us and we hadn't packed enough food and water seeing as though we thought we were on the 3.4 mile trail. The 6 mile way up was much more scenic though! I'll probably take that way up every time. Less people, a cute little cave, less cattle, a nice forest, a squirrel community....much better.
Chris Bambao
How long does it take to get to the top?
Jay Retuta
I hiked mission peak. it was pretty difficult. it hurt me the most going downhill.
Arceli Holmquist
I did my hiking today at Mission Peak with my 2 friends they only lasted up to 1 mile and they have to go back to the car. It is good they did not continue It will be hard for them though. It was very hard hike but I feel great but very tired but I made it to the Peak. I will do it again. I am an old mom at 53 but I can compete with the younger ones.
andiee248
Started hiking around 4am. It's really satisfying to get there before sun rises.
Sanjeev Chopra
Thanks for sharing - good overview of trail.
Christina Almodobar
Can't wait for Mondays hike!! Woo hoo!!!!
Litesh0w
bring a long board.
DEziigN_NInGA
the hard part going down
Aretha Liev
Me to i made it up like alot of times!
Aretha Liev
lol
Chheng Ou Bun
I went the hard trail. I was sweating like someone poured a bucket of water on me.
Chheng Ou Bun
I'm 11 and I made it to the peak. 1 tip of surviving it brig water and food.
modernwarfare657
1 tip bring lots of water lots
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Hiking the Superstition Mountains - Desert Hiking Mission Peak, Fremont 1 day ago   1:04:06

Join Sara & I for 3 days of desert hiking, backpacking & camping in the Superstition Mountains. And who knows - maybe Sara will find the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. GPS Data at www.sintax77.com

Join Sara & I for 3 days of desert hiking, backpacking & camping in the Superstition Mountains. And who knows – maybe Sara will find the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine…

For this desert backpacking trip, we’ll be hiking a loop in the Superstition Wilderness, within the greater Tonto National Forest – about 60 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. Not only was this a beautiful and scenic hike due to the stark desert surroundings and sharp, rugged peaks, but this particular region has added bonus – a rich history full of intrigue and lore right at home in your favorite spaghetti western flick...

For a easier read, with maps, pics, etc, check out the full blog post / trip report here: http://wp.me/p2ReUQ-h9 Below is a truncated version for YouTube:

...The most notable and famous of those stories being that of Jacob Waltz, or as it’s commonly referred to, the mystery of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold.
Somehow, Jacob knew where a bunch of gold was in these mountains, and he kept it a complete secret, despite rumors throughout the years that he knew about it’s location. People would try to follow him when he went into the mountains, but he always lost them, or at the least, waved a gun at them until they left. Finally, on his death bed in 1891, he confirmed the gold mine and gave some info on it’s whereabouts to two individuals. Apparently, it wasn’t quite enough info, because they never found it after years of searching. Word spread, many more people started searching, and they continue to search until this day...
So what does all this have to do with our backpacking trip? Did we find some gold or something? Am I devoting my life to finding the Lost Dutchman’s Mine? Well no, but it makes hiking around out there pretty cool and Old Westy, if you ask me. At the very least, it gives you something to ponder as you hike along the cactus covered traverses, baked incessantly by a sun they just may have glinted off of Jacob Waltz’s prize back in the 1800’s.
But anyway, back to the hike we did. Here’s the details…
Season / Time of Year: Winter – January 20th to January 23, 2016.
Elevation Range: Minimum – 2,283′ , Maximum – 3,550′
Trailhead Used - Peralta Trailhead – GPS Coordinates N33° 23.858′ W111° 20.873′

Trails Used Day 1 (in order of use)
Peralta Trailhead Parking Lot,
Dutchman Trail
Set up camp in a relatively flat area along the trail, about .75 miles after crossing an intermittent stream.
Day 1 Total Mileage: 2 miles
Day 1 Total Elevation Gain: 344′

Trails Used Day 2 (in order of use)
Continue on Dutchman Trail
Whiskey Springs Trail.
Trail crosses LeBarge Creek (where we stocked up on water)
Red Tanks Trail.
Dutchman Trail.
Set up camp along Dutchman Trail.
Day 2 Total Mileage: 10 miles
Day 2 Total Elevation Gain: 1,325′

Trails Used Day 3 (in order of use)
Continue on Dutchman Trail
Bull Pass Trail
Black Top Mesa Trail, towards the top of Black Top Mesa
Explore the mesa and hunt for the Spanish Hieroglyphs or maybe some of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold, etc.
Back down Black Top Mesa Trail.
Unofficial Bull Pass Alternate Trail
Dutchman Trail.
Terrapin Trail.
Bluff Springs Trail.
Return to Peralta Trailhead parking lot.

Day 3 Total Mileage: 15 miles (plus a couple miles of meandering about on Blacktop Mesa)
Day 3 Total Elevation Gain: 2,933 feet
Trip Grand Total Mileage: 27 Miles
Trip Grand Total Elevation Gain: 4,662′

Notable Gear Used on this Trip:
Nemo Losi 3p Tent http://amzn.to/2h40KG3
Sara’s backack – ULA Ohm 2.0
Sintax77’s backpack – EMS Longtrail 70 and a Ribz Front Pack
Generic canister stove http://amzn.to/2w0L4pQ
Vargo 450ml titanium cups http://amzn.to/2uCFWJ9
Toaks 750ml titanium cook pot http://amzn.to/2w0ORDt
Sea to Summit Alpha Light spoons (long version) http://amzn.to/2uY6Ux7
Plenty of various sized Platypus Bags for water storage. http://amzn.to/2w1bx6N
Fozzils Bowlz for eating our chili and queso appetizer http://amzn.to/2h3luxN
Packit Gourmet dehydrated meals
Sara’s sleeping pad – Big Agnes Q-Core SL http://amzn.to/2eOhikE
Sintax77’s sleeping pads – Thermarest Z-Lite http://amzn.to/2uy9vx7 on top of a Klymit Inertia X-Frame http://amzn.to/2uCi1tb
Hammock Gear Burrow top quilts
Montbell UL Down Parkas
Sawyer Squeeze water filter configured in a gravity setup http://amzn.to/2h3H1Xl

Highly recommended book for hikes in this area: ‘Hiker’s Guide to the Superstition Wilderness‘ http://amzn.to/2uyjmTu