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    Mission Peak Fremont, Ca

    Spent last night and today with my GF in San Ramon. Today she had a meeting almost all day so I shot down to buy some pedals off a guy in Fremont... another successful CL buy
    Brought my bike along figuring I'd find something to ride down here... the seller turned me on to Mission Peak. He's a roadie and told me he had hiked the trail before but felt that riding it was pretty daunting.
    I figured since I had 4 hrs.. I could always hike the whole thing if I had to.
    Glad to say I only hiked three places... the longest was the rocks just below the peak. I wanted to see what I'd be riding down
    I had a great ride!
    Uphill... 1:15:00
    Downhill the same route (Ohlone College)... 0:11:00
    LOVED the rocks at the top although I did walk two places... being alone... I didn't need to take too many risks... my GF would have been pissed if she had to hunt me down at some E.D.
    Plus... I'm still paying for my broken ribs a few months ago... lol
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    Forgot to post this pic
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    Nice!
    Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to suffer up that hill...

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    I'm going to have to get up there on a week day sometime. I've only been up there on weekends and there is just too many people. I love the pictures with no one in the background.

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    nice view!

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    Nice pics.

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    Oooh, I like it. That's not far from my work. Where did you start/park ?

    breadly: You forgot to put your chain on the big ring before snapping the pic.

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    Nice!

    I've never made it to the top, only to the bathroom/glider area. I always tell myself i'm going the F'ing top today, by the time I reach the gliders I'm shot and can't barely see straight. Maybe next time I'll make it.

    Nice pics.

    Edit: 1:15 to the top!! damn!! Right on. It takes me 1:25 to the gliders/Bathroom (Ohlone side)

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    Looks like this is the way everyone rides it?

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    The Peak itself is off limits to bikes, not that anybody enforces it, although the helicopter may. Personally, I'd rather go to Monument Peak since there is nobody that way most of the time (all the hikers go to Mission Peak), and you get the Peak all to yourself. If you want to not follow the law, Horse Heaven is a fun downhill with one really steep part.
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    I went to the college to park and start... didn't have $2 worth of exact change or bills and the parking permit machines don't give change. I found out Campus Security doesn't give change at there place either. I had to drive back out of campus and find a place where I could break a five... just went to STARBUTTS across the street
    I drove to the " last" entrance and went up by the pool. Parked, rode/walked up to the paved road, went left past some construction trailers and found the entrance.

    Yeah, the ride up was killer, but up here in Humboldt seems like all we have is uphill! LOL Still, I had to hike a couple of short sections where I either stopped for the view... right at the bottom of a short steep section, or after the outhouse up high where it was just too steep at one point (I was sucking wind bad at that point lol)
    Then there was the rocks which I hiked up through checking my downhill line as I went.

    I did ride out to the glider pad on my way up, btw.

    I checked around the web for info on this trail and never saw anything about bikes not being allowed at the peak. I even checked the park website, so either I just missed that info or it's not out there to find?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobonker View Post
    Oooh, I like it. That's not far from my work. Where did you start/park ?

    breadly: You forgot to put your chain on the big ring before snapping the pic.

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    I'm not ashamed of my granny gear ;-)

    I usually ride in the Ohlone side. I ride from my house, but you can park on Mission Blvd outside of the Ohlone campus for free.

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    I heard of other places to park, but I was thinking I might slip into their gym after the ride and shower. I figure with the prices schools charge for parking... a little warm water to rinse off the dirt and stink isn't going to cost them much at all. I just left after the ride though since I wanted to get back to where my GF was training and anyway, she's been around me all sweaty before ... just not crammed inside a car with me like that for 8 hrs though LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsmac View Post
    I checked around the web for info on this trail and never saw anything about bikes not being allowed at the peak. I even checked the park website, so either I just missed that info or it's not out there to find?
    The distinction between bike-legal and no-bike trails is indicated on the official park map.
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    I also skip the initial rocky peak and head around the backside. Be sure to take the single-track off-shoot behind the hill for some variety.

    You can ride pretty far and its a great workout. I find that the ride chews up your brakes a bit too much on the way back. Once again no concept of common-sense shared single-track on this side of the bay.

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    I looked at the map and I see the distinction now... really matters what device I'm looking at it on and whether I've got my glasses on of course it would also help if they had made the different designations... different colors!

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    I found that on your way down on stanford side, take the peak meadow trail down instead will save you some brake pad burning. Less hikers to stop for and actually some good up and down before it start going down. Adds to an otherwise kind of boring ride down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsmac View Post
    of course it would also help if they had made the different designations... different colors!
    True that! "Short-dashed line versus slightly-shorter-dashed line" isn't exactly a distinction that jumps out at the viewer. I don't know what they were thinking...
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    Now do it at night.. it's open until 10pm and is an awesome night ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick View Post
    Now do it at night.. it's open until 10pm and is an awesome night ride.
    I can imagine that would be a cool ride!
    Cow-dodging in the dark! Well, at least until my lights show me what that large dark blob is up ahead...

    Where I live, when riding at night, I only have to dodge mountain lions, bears, and the occasional Big Foot

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    How do the grades compare to Kennedy? much steeper?

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    Stanford side is definitely steeper and shorter than Kennedy. The Ohlone feels slightly steeper than Kennedy, although it's probably about the same.
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    24% at the worst part. This occurs between the third and the fourth bench. I always thought Mission Peak Stanford side is worst than Kennedy minus the last wall and the rollers after the top. But others have said otherwise.

    At Stanford side, traction is the biggest problem. You can have all the leg power but if you dont know the line or the proper technique, is no good. After all these rain though, traction should be superb. Give it one full day to dry though, otherwise it can still get somewhat muddy.

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    I find the section between 2nd and 3rd bench is hardest for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mortifer View Post
    How do the grades compare to Kennedy? much steeper?
    Kennedy has some breaks between the actual climbing. Stanford doesn't really have any breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    Kennedy has some breaks between the actual climbing. Stanford doesn't really have any breaks.
    Second that. I remember one time, a first time rider ask me if there was a flat area to recover. I answered "yes at the top".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Biker View Post
    I find the section between 2nd and 3rd bench is hardest for me.
    Each (Stanford) bench to bench has a segment.

    1st to 2nd (.3mi / 14.0%)
    Mission Peak (1st Bench -> 2nd Bench)
    2nd to 3rd (.3mi / 14.1%)
    Mission Peak (2nd Bench -> 3rd Bench)
    3rd to 4th (.5mi / 13.6%)
    Mission Peak (3rd Bench -> 4th Bench)
    4th to Y (.5mi / 11.3%)
    Mission Peak (4th Bench -> Y)
    Y to Summit (.5mi / 13.4%)
    Y to Mission Peak

    Personally, I find the 1st to 2nd bench segment the most difficult/important due to the fact that this segment determines how well you will climb the rest of the segments. Push too hard here and you are toast the rest of the way up. Ideally you want to finish any climb with something left in the tank. My approach has always been to ride conservatively to the 2nd bench then let it open from there. If you look at some of the best times up Stanford (to the 'Y'), most of the riders' pace increase as they approach the summit.


    If you are struggling for a PR here start slower, ride at your pace and don't stop at the 'Y'. Keep on going and ride up the Mangler to the summit. If you begin with the mentality that you are going to continue on and climb the Mangler to the summit you will intuitively start more conservatively. After a few nonstop rides to the summit your time to the 'Y' will improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D1PHAM View Post
    Each (Stanford) bench to bench has a segment.

    1st to 2nd (.3mi / 14.0%)
    Mission Peak (1st Bench -> 2nd Bench)
    2nd to 3rd (.3mi / 14.1%)
    Mission Peak (2nd Bench -> 3rd Bench)
    3rd to 4th (.5mi / 13.6%)
    Mission Peak (3rd Bench -> 4th Bench)
    4th to Y (.5mi / 11.3%)
    Mission Peak (4th Bench -> Y)
    Y to Summit (.5mi / 13.4%)
    Y to Mission Peak

    Personally, I find the 1st to 2nd bench segment the most difficult/important due to the fact that this segment determines how well you will climb the rest of the segments. Push too hard here and you are toast the rest of the way up. Ideally you want to finish any climb with something left in the tank. My approach has always been to ride conservatively to the 2nd bench then let it open from there. If you look at some of the best times up Stanford (to the 'Y'), most of the riders' pace increase as they approach the summit.


    If you are struggling for a PR here start slower, ride at your pace and don't stop at the 'Y'. Keep on going and ride up the Mangler to the summit. If you begin with the mentality that you are going to continue on and climb the Mangler to the summit you will intuitively start more conservatively. After a few nonstop rides to the summit your time to the 'Y' will improve.
    Great advice Dennis! Stanford is a difficult ride no matter what, but following the map Dennis has provided will be the best approach...IMO. My best time came with a very casual start with no intentions of a PR. Once I reached the second bench I realized my average speed was on pace for a good time, from there full effort.

    Another great tool for helping with PR's is a GPS unit, at least for me. I typically know what average speed I need to maintain in order to achieve a PR. If I find myself well behind I'll typically abandon the attempt and finish with a moderate pace and extend the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme View Post
    Second that. I remember one time, a first time rider ask me if there was a flat area to recover. I answered "yes at the top".
    Once you rode it enough times, you will come to realize that there are a few flat sections in between those steep ones. But usually you just came off of the really steep part and even a slight incline will look like an incline.

    Agree with Dpham. Best to keep consistency from gate to second bench. Actually I did say to the third bench, and then hammer/suffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mortifer View Post
    How do the grades compare to Kennedy? much steeper?
    I personally think Kennedy is a much tougher ride when attempting PR's. It's a long sustained climb that nails you with a 1-2-3 punch at the end. Stanford is steeper but definitely shorter, but both are equally painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme View Post
    Second that. I remember one time, a first time rider ask me if there was a flat area to recover. I answered "yes at the top".
    There are plenty of recovery points. Just don't pedal as hard. :P Recovery is between 3rd and 4th bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassn View Post
    I personally think Kennedy is a much tougher ride when attempting PR's. It's a long sustained climb that nails you with a 1-2-3 punch at the end. Stanford is steeper but definitely shorter, but both are equally painful.
    Kennedy drains more, but Stanford hurts much more for the 1st timers. The first time I rode Stanford (and you were there), I kept thinking, "this **** is insane....and those cows". The 2nd time is much more tolerable when you know what you are getting into, but the cows are still there walking around in front of you.

    Having ridden Stanford 2x and Kennedy 3x, Kennedy is harder due to the ending and being longer, just as Alan states. For a casual ride, Kennedy is easier as it rolls more until the end. The middle part of Stanford is a real test.

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    wow , great pic. I have never been up there but you have now inspired me to check it out.

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    anybody did Stanford on single speed? what's your time? just curious because i can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme View Post
    anybody did Stanford on single speed? what's your time? just curious because i can't.
    Attempted it yesterday on a 29er with 34-18 gearing and I barely made it to the 1st bench. In my defense, I'm getting over a cold and tried to complete it seated.

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    Dpham, how was the condition at stanford? Muddy?

    Must have been windy too. Thinking to hit it later today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loll View Post
    Dpham, how was the condition at stanford? Muddy?

    Must have been windy too. Thinking to hit it later today
    I'm thinking of going soon, maybe. I would be bringing my Blur 1x10 and attempting a leg workout today. No use going for a quick time with the wind gust blowing in your face the whole time. Let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassn View Post
    I'm thinking of going soon, maybe. I would be bringing my Blur 1x10 and attempting a leg workout today. No use going for a quick time with the wind gust blowing in your face the whole time. Let me know.
    Gents, the trails were in good condition. Looking out my window now, it is windy for sure.

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    Bailing. Sorry guys, i remember last time out with this kind of wind wasnt fun at all. Hope you guys have a good ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D1PHAM View Post
    Looking out my window now, it is windy for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twindaddy View Post
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    rode there with a 20mph head wind once. Not fun at all.

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    That view is incredible. Definitely will be doing this ride when I'm back in the Bay

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    Okay. Please tell me how to get here, where to park, etc. I have a TON of clients in Fremont/Union City and I work up there all the time. Sometimes, I have long breaks between clients or have meetings that end at weird times - and by time I get back to San Jose, it's too late to go for a ride.

    This sounds like a good run if you're hankering for some trail riding. How is it on a 'cross bike? (reference: I do all trails at STCP on my 'cross bike, so a little techy on the pizza cutters doesn't bother me! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Okay. Please tell me how to get here, where to park, etc. I have a TON of clients in Fremont/Union City and I work up there all the time. Sometimes, I have long breaks between clients or have meetings that end at weird times - and by time I get back to San Jose, it's too late to go for a ride.

    This sounds like a good run if you're hankering for some trail riding. How is it on a 'cross bike? (reference: I do all trails at STCP on my 'cross bike, so a little techy on the pizza cutters doesn't bother me! )
    It's primarily fireroad. There's some techy singletrack down near Ohlone college, but I can't recall where it is. I've only been on that side once.

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    3 ways to hit it up...

    1 - Park at the parking lot (or near by if full) at the top of Stanford Ave in Fremont. Go through the gate and head up. This is the hardest, most painful, grueling route ( which is also the most popular).

    2 - Park on Mission Blvd. at Pine or on Pine. This is the entrance to Ohlone College. Ride up the road until you get to a gravely road (YSC Trail) on the right. Take that up. You can't miss it. There is a huge sign that basically says welcome to Mission Peak and trail maps. After the 2nd cow gate (ver quick - only about 1/3mi) almost immediately make a u turn and head up. This is considered "the Ohlone side". This is the not as hard as the Stanford entrance side.

    3 - Park on Mill Creek Rd. And Linmore Dr. Ride up Mill Creek Rd until you hit the first gate (2.8mi). Hop over and that is where it meets up with "the Ohlone side". You will immediately start to climb the short section of single track. Continue up to the peak.
    ...or go up Mill Creek Rd. (past the first gate) until you hit the "Gliders access gate". It's the second gate (about 3.4mi) on Mill Creek Rd. Hop over and follow the fire road up. This also meets up with the "Ohlone side". You will miss the short single track if you take the 2nd Mill Creek Rd. option. Both of these Mill Creek options are easier than the Stanford and Ohlone side.
    If you take one of these options, on your way down you can go down the Ohlone side and hit Mission Blvd. Take a right on Mission Blvd and then a right on Mill Creek Rd. and there is you car. Or just bomb back down Mill Creek to your car (pretty fun actually).

    ...or if you just want a all road climb (1,600ft @ 4.3mi.), go to the top of Mill Creek Rd. until it dead ends at the Rangers house gate and vineyards.
    This is the easiest out of all the options but still a decent mid day spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    It's primarily fireroad. There's some techy singletrack down near Ohlone college, but I can't recall where it is. I've only been on that side once.

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    There is no such thing on the Ohlone side. The only thing remotely technical is the rock garden after Rambler, but that's technically roaming, although nobody cares other than the guys in the helicopter.

    Dion, the fireroads can be very slippery due to gravel. Zen Turtle did it on his CX a few times. I definitely wouldn't. There are two entrances: Stanford Ave (just Google map it) and Ohlone college. Stanford is shorter and steeper and all fireroad. Ohlone has a little bit of single track in the middle. For Ohlone College, you can park on Mission and just climb from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    There is no such thing on the Ohlone side. The only thing remotely technical is the rock garden after Rambler, but that's technically roaming, although nobody cares other than the guys in the helicopter.
    Oh? I don't know where I was. I was being guided at night. Good to know. Actually it wasn't singletrack (recollection is foggy), but it was techy. I can't find "Rambler" on the map. Where is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Oh? I don't know where I was. I was being guided at night. Good to know. Actually it wasn't singletrack (recollection is foggy), but it was techy. I can't find "Rambler" on the map. Where is that?
    When climbing, 1/4 mile after the the restroom, Rambler is the really steep 1/4 mile fireroad on your right that takes you up right below the Peak (north side). The hikers usually go straight up the face and then up the rockgarden. Interestingly enough, the trail used by hikers to go up was not an official trail originally, but then again hikers can go wherever they want, so the trail was made official later on. Now, we have this 30' wide trail/scar up the face that erodes further every year.

    Seriously, there's nothing really techy on the Ohlone side, unless you consider riding down stairs in Ohlone college techy. If you want some bonus trail on that side, you can go on Panorama trail, but it's usually underused, overgrown, and littered with cow crap. The good news is that the district finally got authorization to install a gate at the bottom to exit easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Okay. Please tell me how to get here, where to park, etc. I have a TON of clients in Fremont/Union City and I work up there all the time. Sometimes, I have long breaks between clients or have meetings that end at weird times - and by time I get back to San Jose, it's too late to go for a ride.

    This sounds like a good run if you're hankering for some trail riding. How is it on a 'cross bike? (reference: I do all trails at STCP on my 'cross bike, so a little techy on the pizza cutters doesn't bother me! )
    Give me a heads up if you can and I'll take the journey with ya. Bring your geared HT and I'll take the FS 1x10. For comparison purposes, you could say it's similar to Boundary at STCP but longer. There are a couple of spots that will give you some recovery time and I suggest you take it. You'll need to have a little something left over in the reserves to complete the final climb, somewhat steep, rocky, and loose. Overall it's a great workout and it's a love/hate relationship.

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    How would this compare to Kennedy? I've gone up to the summit on my CX without a problem, wouldn't try DogMeat on the CX though. I wouldn't be asking all this if we didnt have this butt load of rain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    When climbing, 1/4 mile after the the restroom, Rambler is the really steep 1/4 mile fireroad on your right that takes you up right below the Peak (north side). The hikers usually go straight up the face and then up the rockgarden. Interestingly enough, the trail used by hikers to go up was not an official trail originally, but then again hikers can go wherever they want, so the trail was made official later on. Now, we have this 30' wide trail/scar up the face that erodes further every year.

    Seriously, there's nothing really techy on the Ohlone side, unless you consider riding down stairs in Ohlone college techy. If you want some bonus trail on that side, you can go on Panorama trail, but it's usually underused, overgrown, and littered with cow crap. The good news is that the district finally got authorization to install a gate at the bottom to exit easily.
    Thanks for the directions. I recall it being some rocky area with some gravel near the college. I couldn't really tell how big the rocks were, as I was not used to a headlight and the lack of depth cues. I will have to see it during the day to really tell. Looking at my Strava log of it, I think it was a portion of the Ysc trail. I probably won't be going back that way, as I don't like riding road and the only point to climb MP is for the steep workout.

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    How would this compare to Kennedy? I've gone up to the summit on my CX without a problem, wouldn't try DogMeat on the CX though. I wouldn't be asking all this if we didnt have this butt load of rain!
    Shorter, but steeper. There is a wall in the middle, instead of at the end. The rest spot is after the wall, it drops from about 20% to 9% or so with a breather before it goes back over 10% to the Y. That's the spot to catch your breath. There are small spots here and there, which I use too, but they are like 5ft or so where I stop pedaling and coast a bit to recover. It's very short. Kennedy is easier from that regard, but the grind eventually catches up. MP is like getting beat on the head instead of being knifed in the back.

    It is also much looser, IMO. I get nervous doing down on the Stanford side, with 2.1" MTB tires, but a washout is a fairly large fear of mine (my big crashes are always washout and then a highside crash after I grab brake and stand the bike up). My last crash at STCP was a highside after getting sketchy on the gravel after a jump. It's always the same crash for me, at different places....getting really tired of it, to be honest.

    Going up will be fine with CX. Going down, I dunno but I wouldn't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Please tell me how to get here, where to park, etc.
    The answers to those can also be seen here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erginguney View Post
    The answers to those can also be seen here.
    Ooohh... Thanks!

    BTW, thank you for compiling all the info on our trails here. I've visited your site a number of times, and on behalf of the Non-Tagalog Speaking Fat Filipino Haoles (NTSFFH), we salute you!

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    Hey Dion, Personally i think Kennedy is harder. Yes, MP has some steep sections but there short. Put your head down and grind thens its over. Downside with MP is the vast numbers of wandering hikers that think it's cool to walk side by side in groups of 3-4. I've come to accept that as the norm out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post

    Going up will be fine with CX. Going down, I dunno but I wouldn't do it.
    This . I once went up the backside on the road bike and came down Stanford. Walked most of it. Not enough brake and you're grabbing them all the time = real good chance of blowing tubes because of heat.

    Mind you, the Ohlone side may be a bit longer, but there are some stupidly steep sections as well, and it is rougher/rockier. Still really fun on the road bike though. Also, gearing is important as traction is limited with the skinny tires. I run a standard crank with a 12-32 cogset in the back and 39/32 up the walls on a dry summer day is impossible (for me) as I had to stand and when I stood I would lose traction for a quick second and have to sit back down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    BTW, thank you for compiling all the info on our trails here. I've visited your site a number of times, and on behalf of the Non-Tagalog Speaking Fat Filipino Haoles (NTSFFH), we salute you!
    My pleasure! That's probably one of the more colorful props I've received in response to my website so far.

    The more useful the site becomes for everyone, the more satisfaction I get from doing it...
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    When did Frank's Hill become the Rambler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by c-wal View Post
    When did Frank's Hill become the Rambler?
    A few hours ago when I made the name up. I meant to say Mission Mangler, but I tend to ramble and mangle English. So there.

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    Alright... I'm sitting in the day use parking lot at Ohlone right now. I scoped out both the Stanford and Ohlone entrances and took a look at the trails. They look more CX worthy than I thought. More like a dirty road ride than epic MTBing, but good for some old school cardio climbs.

    I also drove through the neighborhood and questioned "Who the fcuk lives in these insane mansions?" and "Why can't any of my clients be these rich mansion dwellers?!"

    As long as there isn't any DogMeat'ish climbs at MP, I think the bike with the pizza cutters would do the job here.

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    Pizza cutters work. Just 1st and 3rd walls on stanford dont offer much traction

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon View Post
    Pizza cutters work. Just 1st and 3rd walls on stanford dont offer much traction
    My fat body with low tire pressures offer much traction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    My fat body with low tire pressures offer much traction.
    Ride it!

    The cows eat CX bikers, be forewarned. They only let MTB'ers pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamholland View Post
    ride it!

    The cows eat cx bikers, be forewarned. They only let mtb'ers pass.
    Mission Peak Fremont, Ca-imageuploadedbytapatalk1332211933.736972.jpg

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    Here is a pic from the glider launch bench...

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    (it's my current desktop background)

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    I just completed a ride from Stanford gate > Ohlone gate and back, conditions are as good as they get. My only worry was the single track area on the Ohlone side but it was perfect! All though the cows had their way on the upper part of the single track, but once past that...supreme!

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    Damn, how many feet was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by S/X Runner View Post
    Damn, how many feet was that?
    10.1 miles, 3,122 feet, and completed it in 1:23. With the wet weather and having a slight cold last week, it's been a couple of weeks since I had a hard ride...felt good! I might hit MP again tomorrow if you're interested.

    Edit: Nice pictures!

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    2 cop outs coming...

    I'm slow (granny gear for me the whole way). I hate holding people back. There is no way I can even come close to hanging with you. I'm 1:20 from the Ohlone pool to the gliders.

    My chain broke on my last ride (MP) A new one should be here Friday.

    I am down to go though. I just have to warn you that I'm slow compared to others. I'm working on that though.

    Oh and 1:23, damn!!!! That's fast. Up Stanford, down Ohlone, back up Ohlone and back down Stanford. Crazy! I gotta do that one day. First I need to make it up Stanford with out stopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S/X Runner View Post
    2 cop outs coming...

    I'm slow (granny gear for me the whole way). I hate holding people back. There is no way I can even come close to hanging with you. I'm 1:20 from the Ohlone pool to the gliders.

    My chain broke on my last ride (MP) A new one should be here Friday.

    I am down to go though. I just have to warn you that I'm slow compared to others. I'm working on that though.

    Oh and 1:23, damn!!!! That's fast. Up Stanford, down Ohlone, back up Ohlone and back down Stanford. Crazy! I gotta do that one day. First I need to make it up Stanford with out stopping.
    No worries about taking your time. Tomorrow I plan on working on some leg strengthening and pushing a bigger gear on my FS bike. Maybe Newton or Dion will join us for a ride..guys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Ride it!

    The cows eat CX bikers, be forewarned. They only let MTB'ers pass.
    Pfft. Cows.

    Big whoop. I deal with escapee cholas on a daily basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassn View Post
    No worries about taking your time. Tomorrow I plan on working on some leg strengthening and pushing a bigger gear on my FS bike. Maybe Newton or Dion will join us for a ride..guys?
    STCP is open for business. I was out doing a CX loop today and discovered the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassn View Post
    No worries about taking your time. Tomorrow I plan on working on some leg strengthening and pushing a bigger gear on my FS bike. Maybe Newton or Dion will join us for a ride..guys?
    I'm in for a ride. Not sure where yet.

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    Dion! Dude I am super glad your out training! I am not sure it is really you though because of a few things. #1- your not trolling exclusively for ladies at the Muriel Wright Civilized Lady Training Center. #2- I recall seeing a squishy thing resembling a suspension fork on a regular looking MTB. #3- You are at Mission Peak and not at Santa Teresa. So my question is this. Who in the H-E-L-L are you and what have you done with Dion? I will give in that you post some great stuff in his place but that isn't enough to satisfy me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    Dion! Dude I am super glad your out training! I am not sure it is really you though because of a few things. #1- your not trolling exclusively for ladies at the Muriel Wright Civilized Lady Training Center. #2- I recall seeing a squishy thing resembling a suspension fork on a regular looking MTB. #3- You are at Mission Peak and not at Santa Teresa. So my question is this. Who in the H-E-L-L are you and what have you done with Dion? I will give in that you post some great stuff in his place but that isn't enough to satisfy me.
    In response to your response, I offer a response.

    #1: Just because I ride with a chloroform rag, duct tape, some baby oil and a plastic shower curtain doesn't mean what you think it means. I actually do dental procedures, repair an array of household items, have dry skin and like to have privacy when I shower.

    #2: That squishy thing you see is my gut hanging onto the top tube. How dare you? I happen to be on the board of Non-Tagalog Speaking Fat Filipino Haoles of America (NTSFFHA) - and this sir... IS AN OUTRAGE. I did install a remote lock-out on my gut for the street, though. You know, for more efficiency.

    #3: I went to Mission Peak, because I wanted to peak my mission. And by that I mean "get a boner". I got a half-y instead and went home.

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    quick question: when you guys come down mission peak, does everyone hit all the short single track section between the fireroads like the guys on youtube do? Just search up "Mission Peak Downhill Ohlone Side MTB (Fremont, CA)" if you want to see the video, I don't have enough posts to put up a link yet
    Think a hardtail 26er with 100mm travel can handle all that? I'm down to try I just don't want to be thrown off my bike on the way down.

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    No suspension needed, although it might help to drop your seat...
    Note that the cow trails are not "legal" for bikes to be on.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but a lot of the short single track down the front side is blocked by fences now???

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    Not the last time I was there, a lot of it was still open and this was only about two weeks ago.

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    Those "singletrack" shortcuts on the front side are a bane of Mission Peak and the park/volunteers spend a good amount of effort to fight them. Those of you who know how things there used to look 8 or 10 years ago (very wide and ugly dirt swaths shortcutting almost every curve) will already be aware of and appreciate how remarkable a turn around has been achieved since then. Using and promoting the use of those shortcuts would move us closer to those bad old days, which would be a sad and unfortunate reversal.

    Granted, most of those paths are opened/caused by irresponsible hikers rather than bikers, but that doesn't mean that it's okay for us to help with the damage. Never mind whether it's "legal" or not, it's just a simple matter of responsibility and preserving something you value.
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