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Mission Peak Full Moon Hike

Status: Open to Members

NOTE: This is a week day event. It involves 5 miles of hiking on a really steep trail with 2200ft elevation gain and coming back down only with moonlight and headlights.

EVENT HOST:  Sathish Jothikumar










Join us for a strenuous hike up Mission Peak to see the sunset and catch a full moon rise from behind the hill (weather permitting)

We will take the Peak meadow and Horse Heaven trail up, watch the Sunset and Moonrise, then take the Hidden valley trail back to be out of the park by 10:00pm.

Mission Peak is a popular destination, particularly on full-moon evenings, so you will need to arrive by 5:15pm to insure you can find a place to park (park on Stanford Ave if the lot is full).  We will start promptly at 5:30pm so we don't miss the Sunset from the top.  I usually bring a warm jacket and hat (it can get cold and windy at the top), and snacks to munch on

A track of the route can be found here,

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS (please read this first if you have questions)

  • You must have a YES RSVP to actually attend.
  • A no show to this event will be recorded.
  • You must withdraw from the event 2 days before it starts or you will be counted as a no show.
  • Guests (1) are permitted.
  • Fully cloudy weather will cancel the trip

No Cost


  • 5:30 PM Begin Ascent from the trail head using the Horse Heaven Trail (to the right) STEEP!
  • 7:10 PM Summit
  • 7:25 PM Sunset
  • 8:13 PM Moonrise
  • 8:30 PM Moon will be visible
  • 8:50 PM Begin Descent
  • 10:00 PM Return to starting location.


  • headlamp and flashlight
  • warm sweater/jacket
  • knit hat and light gloves.
  • a liter of Gatorade or the equivalent
  • Snacks
  • Good hiking shoes and warm socks
  • Camera, tripod, film/memory cards, extra battery
  • Recommended Lens: Telephoto[masked]mm, Wide Angle 24-70
  • Intervalometer


From San Jose, CA, Take 880 North and Exit on 12A/MISSION BLVD/SACRAMENTO onto MISSION BLVD(CA-262 E), go east 2 miles

Turn right n Stanford Ave and drive to end of the road.

Park at Stanford Ave lot. And street parking all around. Give yourself 15 mins to park and walk to trailhead.


Q: How do I know if I'm ready to do this?
A: Are your feet, knees and ankles in good shape? Do you have the proper footwear and clothing? Can you walk up and down 20 flights of stairs in 15 minutes without dying? While carrying your camera gear?

If you have further questions ask below in the comments.

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  • Sathish J

    Haik and Laura
    It would be great to see your BANP light painting photos here!

    March 28, 2013

  • Alister C.

    Are guys able to see the moon, it looks cloudy to me.

    March 27, 2013

    • Sathish J

      Nope - it was really foggy at the top and the moonrise couldn't be seen

      March 28, 2013

  • Haik N.

    yeah me too...just got home

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Ritesh P. S.

    Had a wonderful time.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Bruce D.

    I enjoyed it even though it was to cloudy to go all the way to the peak.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Laura Northrup P.

    I'm here but I hit severe traffic and I'm late. Trying to catch up!!!!

    2 · March 27, 2013

  • Murali R.

    Sorry something came up late. Love to join, thanks for organizing

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks, I aggravated a back injury and I am not going to have to pass on the hike. Enjoy!

    March 26, 2013

  • Tri N.

    i cant it anymore. i wont be able to get off work early anymore. hopefully i'll make the next event. sorry. was looking forward to it too

    March 25, 2013

  • John J.

    I will have to make the ascent earlier and meet up with the group at peak

    March 21, 2013

    • Laura Northrup P.

      I think I'd like to start earlier as well. I'm not a fan of doing things in a rush :)

      March 24, 2013

    • Deborah

      Laura I'm on the "waiting list" so I'm going to make other plans to shoot the full moon. Sorry! I'm changing my RSVP.

      March 24, 2013

  • Vinayak

    Looks like its gonna be late at work. Releasing my spot...

    March 23, 2013

  • Kim s Photography C.

    No, but I always hike with my camera I usually

    March 23, 2013

  • John J.

    I would love to go but on second thought I don't want to be dropped from going to future events that proably better suited for me.

    March 22, 2013

  • Murali R.

    Love to join, thanks for organizing

    March 21, 2013

  • Ritesh P. S.

    I would love it. Been meaning to do this for quite a while. Thanks.

    March 20, 2013

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