We'll revisit this old favorite with a little twist. If it doesn't seem too muddy, we'll hike up the Horse Haven trail, and then down the regular trail (Peak Trial to Eagle Trail to Hidden Valley Trail), described here: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/missionpeak.html.
The views are amazing. Clouds can make for ever changing landscapes! Be warned and be prepared, it can get windy and blustery up there.... Weather permitting, we'll have a snack and water break at the summit, before heading back down.
Parking at the trailhead itself is limited and generally fills up on weekends. Folks often park down on Stanford Ave. or one of the side streets, and then walk up to the TH. That can add 15-20 minutes, so please keep that in mind when you plan your time!
The whole hike is about 6 miles. But it is STEEP and unrelenting!!! Footing can be very slippery and precarious, especially on the return down the hill(personally, I use hiking poles). There may be cows. There may be coyotes. There may be eagles. There may be ground squirrels. There may be entire colonies of ground squirrels. There may be other distractions, dangers, and the like. I have seen all of the above! Just one of many reasons I choose to keep my own dog on a leash during the entire hike!
So, read the liability disclaimer really carefully, including point 9 that I added, accept the disclaimer, and do what you need to prepare and be safe.
For instructions to the trailhead, see http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/missionpeak.html
Please read liability disclaimer:
We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept the following:
1. I acknowledge that the group organizer and assistant organizers for this group are NOT guides or trip leaders. We have no training or qualifications as guides or trip leaders. Wag n Trails is a social group for organizing dog hikes. Every hiker is responsible for themself, their dog(s), their guest(s) and any event that occurs to or because of them.
2. I agree to abide by the rules of the park where the hike is held. (The rules of the East Bay Parks are listed on the meetup group pages.)
3.I acknowledge that I and other participants may be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury to me, my dog(s) and/or guests, or someone outside of the group or some other animal, including permanent disability and death. I understand that these risks may be increased through my own actions, or through the negligent action or inaction of Wag N’ Trails participants, its members or other representatives. If I bring/invite a guest who has not released liability through the meetup group, I agree that I am solely responsible for their and or their dog(s) including their actions and safety. It is highly recommended that each participant sign up for an event through the meetup site.
4.I hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE from liability Wag N’ Trails, the group organizer and hike organizers, their officers, members/other participants, sponsors, and employees; and owners and lessors of facilities used by Wag N’ Trails, from any and all liablility claims, demands or causes of action that you now have or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or part out of the activities, advice, or information contained herein, even if caused in whole or in part by their negligence.
5.California Civil Code section 1542 states; “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.” I specifically waive the terms of that section, and agree to Release claims that I may not yet know of, or which may be based on events that have not yet occurred.
6.If I am allowing children under the age of 18 or any guest, to participate in this hike, I agree on their behalf to the terms of this Release. I agree that if, notwithstanding this Release, I, the minor, or anyone on the minor’s behalf, or my guest, makes a claim against any of the persons or entities Released, I will indemnify those persons and entities and hold them harmless against all expenses, damage or costs, including attorneys fees, arising out of that claim.
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8.Organizers choose locations and routes but it is up to you to decide whether the event is appropriate for you to attend. Ultimately you are responsible for your own safety.
9. By RSVPing and/or attending, you agree that you understand and accept all of this, and that you indemnify and hold harmless me (Chowmix (Karin), the hike organizer/event host), Wag N Trails, and the group organizer for any injuries, liability, lawsuits, claims, causes of action, etc., that may arise based on your actions, those of any guest(s), or those of your dog(s), or those of your guest(s)'s dogs.