Ohlone Wilderness Trail / Hidden Valley Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,083' 635 m
Descent: -2,082' -635 m
High: 2,465' 751 m
Low: 382' 116 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“A steep climb up Mission Peak with great views of the southern half of the bay.”— Chris Tallman
The route starts of as a doubletrack with crushed gravel but quickly turns to a mostly dirt doubletrack. There are plenty of spots to stop and catch your breath and enjoy the view (and forget your in one of the most populated metro areas in the US).
This trail starts off fairly navigable but gets steep quickly, with the steepest sections pitching up to 25%. The climb to the summit is fairly sustained, though you'll get a little bit of a break when you make your way around numerous switchbacks. The trail is pretty exposed, so you might want to bring water, even for this short excursion.
Once you reach the top, take a minute to take in the views! Fewer visitors reach the summit, and you'll have sweeping views all around you.
The sculptor's purpose was to promote environmental awareness. Sealed inside the steel tube are a crystal with traditional cultural uses, an Ohlone charmstone replica, a bottle of 1990 zinfandel wine whose yeast overshoot represents world population trends, and five time capsules with articles and photographs. The time capsules were intended to be opened in a century or more, after 2090, and focus on rainforest preservation, AIDs and homelessness. They offer images from popular culture of Bart Simpson, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Gary Larsen's Far Side cartoons
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Land Manager: East Bay Regional Park District (CA)