12.5 miles, 3175 ft change. Hike included Monument and Mission peaks.
Starting up the trail
the top of the peaks were hidden in a thick fog/cloud layer. I was hoping it would start clearing by the time I got up to the point where the views would get good.
As I gain a few hundred feet I can start to see out over the south bay, which is just appearing as the fog slowly clears.
There's a peak back in those clouds somewhere...
I'm sure this stretch would have been nice had it been a hot and sunny day - not many trees for shade along this trail.
The locals. Mooooo.
The trail and fog line.
More shade trees - didn't need them today.
I start climbing into the fog.
A few hundred feet off the trail is the site of a 1951 crash of a Navy F9F-2 Panther jet. There are still scraps scattered among the trees and hills.
This isn't signed or labelled on maps, but it is just a small distance off the trail
It rained this week, so there was some water trickling down the hill.
I wasn't expecting it, but as I crested the steepest part of the trail I emerged from the fog layer and saw blue sky.
It's the tail end of the tarantula migration, so I was hoping to see some of these furballs. This guy was crawling along pretty quickly - probably trying to catch up with his buddies who came through in October.
Cloud of fog creeping along the trail behind me.
Blue sky! And Monument Peak.
Looking back down over Silicon Valley and the South Bay. I can see the Santa Cruz mountains on the other side of the bay, but not much else.
Approaching Mission Peak
After Monument Peak, I kept going for another ~3 miles to Mission Peak
Mission Peak from the North
Mission Peak. I enjoyed the hike from this side much more than coming up from Fremont.
Hillside of Monument Peak
(Loud) Military helicopter
Watching the hangglider land from the parking lot.