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An Evening Hike on Mission Peak

Mission Peak has little if any shade, and there is about 2000 feet of local relief from the park parking lot to the peak. For that reason, evening hiking is popular. This evening is especially good since we are 3 days from a full moon, and there will be plenty of moonlight early enough.



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Evening View of Missioni Peak

Image or picture of Mission Peak from the trail using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

A short distance from the park parking lot, Mission Peak is the highest point in the picture.


Moonrise Over the Hills

Image or picture of moonrise over hills near Mission Peak using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

The moon is just visible over the hill, right above a distant tree.


Sunset: Cow and People

Image or picture of siloette of cow and people on the hill using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

As we continue the climb, and sunset nears, a grazing cow is near a bench with other hikers resting, taking a break from the climb or enjoying the view.


Mission Peak Near Sunset

Image or picture of Mission Peak near sunset using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

It is nearly sunset, our trail brings us to a point directly facing Mission Peak with our backs towards sunset. Shadows become long, and the landscape almost glows with a redish-gold, while the moon brightens.


Looking Southwest, San José to the Left, Alvisio to the Right

Image or picture of San Jose from the foothills of Mission Peak using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

To the Left, San José to the right, Alvisio and the south end of the San Francisco Bay. In the foreground is the trail we've climed so far, curving through the foothills.

Looking South

Image or picture of west slope of Mission Peak using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Just near sunset, we are facing south. Looking at a small plateau/valley to the west of Mission Peak. The moon is rising, and the antennas to the south of Mission are visible on some lower peaks.


Sunset

Image or picture of Sunset from Mission Peakusing the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Sunset, from the side of Mission Peak, looking northwest up the San Francisco Penninsula.


People on the Peak

Image or picture of Mission Peak and Moon using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

The trail climbs, and from here we can spot some people at the top of Mission Peak. Moon feels closer, and glow from sunset dims.


Moon and Peak

Image or picture of Mission Peak and Moon using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Same place and time, different camera orientation. We see the dry grass in the foreground, and miss the antenna!


Fremont and the Bay

Image or picture of South end of Fremont and the Bay using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Looking back at the Bay, the south end of Fremont is in the Foreground, Palo Alto is at the other side of the bay, but it is mostly obscured by haze.


Northward to Diablo

Image or picture of Mt Diablo using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Looking Northward, Mt. Diablo is the tallest peak in the distance, with Sunol Valley in the middle-ground.


Coastal Fog Coming In

Image or picture of Coastal Fog over San Franciscousing the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Looking northwest, we would be able to see San Francisco from here, but the Coastal Fog is coming in fast.


Backside of Mission Peak

Image or picture of Backside of Mission Peakusing the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

The upward trail takes us to the northeast of Mission Peak, and we get to view it from the backside. Illumination for this picture is mostly moonlight.


The Peak, the Moon

Image or picture of Mission Peak and the Moonusing the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Another picture by moonlight, the trail up the peak crosses some rocky outcrops.


Near the Top

Image or picture of near top of Mission Peak using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Another picture by moonlight, it is actually getting pretty dark. We are within 200 feet of elevation of the top, but due to visibility in the dark, this is as close as we get on this trip. You can see a few people carefully descending the rocky trail on the north side of the peak.


South Bay Clears

Image or picture of South Bay from Mission Peak using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

With Fremont/Milpitas in the foreground, the other side of the bay is Mt. View/Palo Alto.


Diablo Darkening

Image or picture of Mt. Diablo using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Mt Diablo is getting darker, and we can see the lights of Sunol Valley in the Foreground, and lights of Dublin just below Diablo.


Descending in the Moonlight

Image or picture of people descending Mission Peak using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Yet another moonlight picture, a tad over-exposed to show the details, it is getting dark, with the moonlight being the only source of illumination for those hiking down.


Venus Over Mt. View/Palo Alto

Image or picture of Venus over Mt. Viewusing the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Nice view of the south part of the bay past sunset. But, if you look closer, 1/3 down near the center from left to right is a point of light, Venus as an evening star.


Milpitas/San José

Image or picture of Milpitas and San Jose from Mission Peak using the Olympus SP-510UZ scaled down for web display.

Night view of Milpitas and San José as we descend. The round trip has taken maybe 2.5 hours, flashlights would have helped. Remember to always bring water whenever you visit Mission Peak. To the top next time!


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