San Francisco: Mission Peak via Hidden Valley Trail

See where the sport of hang gliding took off on this 6.2-mile out-and-back above the city's East Bay.
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See where the sport of hang gliding took off on this 6.2-mile out-and-back above the city's East Bay.

Mapped by Dave Miller

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.0

Waypoints

MPS001

Location: 37.504280090332, -121.908180236816

Hike E on Hidden Valley Trail into Mission Peak Regional Preserve

MPS002

Location: 37.5045471191406, -121.905822753906

Stay L @ Y; it's all up from here. Seasonal wildflowers and grasslands surround the path

MPS003

Location: 37.5078887939453, -121.900001525879

Stay L on main trail

MPS004

Location: 37.5104560852051, -121.895767211914

Stay R

MPS005

Location: 37.5123825073242, -121.891891479492

Hawks catch updrafts. Ahead, pass a launch pad, where in 1971 Dave Kilbourne soared from Mission Ridge, helping to jumpstart the sport of hang gliding

MPS006

Location: 37.5135879516602, -121.88777923584

L @ Y; path levels off then climbs again

MPS007

Location: 37.5160255432129, -121.888229370117

R onto Peak Trail

MPS008

Location: 37.5174789428711, -121.884498596191

R @ Y (still Peak Trail)

MPS009

Location: 37.5141563415527, -121.883674621582

Turn L, last hard push to summit

MPS010

Location: 37.5127449035644, -121.881454467773

Mission Peak (2,517 ft.): This breezy vista overlooks San Francisco Bay, the Coast Range, and hilltops dotted with houses. Retrace route to trailhead