Ohlone Wilderness Trail: Del Valle to Mission Peak (2 days / 47 km)

Tourist attractive point of Ohlone Wilderness Trail

The Ohlone Wilderness Trail is a 47 km backpacking trail in East Bay, near San Francisco, California. The trail name is pronounced 'Ah-Lone-Ee' (not Ah-Lone, which is how I was throughout it). The route takes you to the top of two peaks, Rose Peak and Mission Peak, and through rolling hills and valleys.

The trail itself is easy to navigate and, although there is no cell service, you're never too far from civilization. What makes the trail difficult to the elevation gain and distance, especially if you're doing it over two days.

The views from Mission and Rose Peak are amazing, but besides that, I don't consider the trail to be particularly beautiful. I don't say that to discourage anyone - I liked the trail a lot - but to set your expectations accordingly. If you're working on your hiking fitness to train for bigger backpacking trips, this is an excellent route - lots of elevation gain spread out over a short distance.

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Del Valle Regional Park

Ending Point: Stanford Avenue Staging Area (Mission Peak Parking Lot)

Total Distance: 29 miles

Elevation Gain: 7700 ft (other accounts claim 8200 ft, but I measured less)

Duration: 2 days

Difficulty: Intermediate


The trail starts in Del Valle Regional Park, which is a 30 minute drive from Dublin. The train ends at the Stanford Ave Staging Center (also known as the Mission Peak parking lot).

Traditional Territory: The Ohlone Wilderness Trail travels through the traditional territory of the Muwekma, Tamien Nation and Ohlone (after which the trail is named) (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: You can see the official park map here: Ohlone Wilderness Trail Map.

Here is a GPS track for my route when I did the hike.

I didn't capture the detour I made to climb Rose Peak after I'd set up camp at Maggie's Half Acre. There's a great view from the top! Nor do I have the detour to Murietta Falls on the map above.

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