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Horse Haven Trail

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Trail

1.2 mile 1.9 kilometer point to point
62% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 920' 280 m
Descent: -22' -7 m
High: 2,304' 702 m
Low: 1,406' 429 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by Chris Tallman

The extra steep way to climb up to Mission Peak.

Chris Tallman

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Park hours are strictly enforced. Visitors found inside the park, entrance area, and parking lot after posted hours will be subject to citation and or arrest. Citations cost a minimum of $300.

Parking at Ohlone College:
-- Daily, year round from 6am - 10pm

Parking at Stanford Ave:
-- Dec 23 - Mar 31 from 6:30am - 8pm
-- Apr 1 - Dec 22 from 6:30am - 9pm

Runner Notes

Only strong runners will be running this trail, most likely you'll be power hiking.

Description

The trail branches off of the Peak Meadow Trail half way up the mountain, and climbs up one of the steepest sections on the way to the summit of Mission Peak. It will test you, and is far less traveled, so there are rewards for taking on the steepness. Enjoy taking in the view while catching your breath and leaving the (sometimes) crowds to the easier Hidden Valley section. After the initial steep pitch, the trail does level off some and becomes navigable again up to the next intersection.

Flora & Fauna

Cows, yep they're over here also, and they tend to look at you like you're an alien while running up the trail.

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Photos

Sunset behind San Francisco as seen from Mission Peak in mid-August.
Aug 15, 2016 near Milpitas, CA
This is the ongoing view from the trail looking over the South Bay.
Jul 6, 2017 near Milpitas, CA
Mission Peak via Horse Haven... almost there
Dec 4, 2017 near Milpitas, CA
The dry side of Mission Peak, as seen from the Horse Haven Trail.
Mar 1, 2016 near Milpitas, CA
Horse Heaven Trail.
Mar 4, 2016 near Milpitas, CA
Hiking the ridgeline with big sky views.
Mar 4, 2016 near Milpitas, CA

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