Mission Peaks - Training Ride - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

So I'm kind of being forced to go to Mission Peaks this Sunday.  My wife and a bunch of friends will be hiking it.  Since I think hiking is nothing but glorified walking, I'll just bike it.

We'll start out at the Mission Peaks parking lot off of Stanford Ave.  We'll then go up the Ohlone Wilderness Trail up to the Outhouse at the top.  The average grade here floats at about 10-15% and there are short bursts of 20% grades so it's significantly steeper than most trails here in the Bay Area.

If we haven't died from the climb yet, we'll continue up to the very top of the mountain through the Peak trail.  If you thought the first part of the climb was hard, wait till you try this part.  It's steeper, technical, and super loose and rocky.  Some say it offers one of the greatest view of the Bay Area once you make it to the top.

We'll decide which route we want to descend, but personally I'd rather end up at Ohlone College and then take Mission Boulevard back to the parking spot.

Total Distance = 10 miles of curse inducing climbing exposed under the sun, followed by loose gravel on steep downhill.

The parking lot gets full fast so I always just park in the residential area and bike up to the parking lot.

If anyone wants to join me, then come out.  On the other hand, I'll totally understand if no one joins me cause even I don't want to go.....hahaha.

 

 

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  • Fredric

    I think we lost 10 lbs of water today. Thanks guys for being crazy enough to join me in this hot weather to climb this trail.....along with enjoying some great eye candy.

    1 · June 30, 2013

    • Jason W.

      Great eye candy? Pictures or it didn't happen!

      June 30, 2013

  • Chaz

    Parking sucks so I'm down the road a bit. BRT

    June 30, 2013

  • Winona

    Working.

    June 28, 2013

  • Chris G.

    Of course Chaz "I'm out of shape" is going to climb this ;)

    4 · June 25, 2013

  • David

    Mission peak is for fit the fit and unskilled ;)

    3 · June 24, 2013

    • Fredric

      I will admit though that ride from the top of Mission Peaks to Ed Levine Park in Milpitas is rather fun though.

      June 25, 2013

    • Jason W.

      I do that sometimes from my house I live on the Milpitas side.

      June 25, 2013

  • Kyle

    Its been awhile, but I used to run up to the outhouse. Would like to ride it one of these days. Sounds like a great workout! If you can feel your legs after the climb, there is some steep livestock single track on the face that looks like fun :)

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Fredric

      You RAN up that?!? Wow!! Man I

      June 25, 2013

  • Fredric

    So who's wearing Dark sunglasses on this ride? I don't mean in the sense you need protection from the sun. hahaha

    June 25, 2013

  • Henry P.

    Very tempting

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • Henry P.

      Hahaha! I kind of want to see if I can climb it with my heavier bike. Not sure if I can keep a strong intermediate pace though.

      June 25, 2013

    • Fredric

      The only reason I labeled it Strong Intermediate is because of the steep grade. I'll have no choice but to go a little slower than I normally would since I'm doing this ride the day after Demo Forest and I'm bringing a 33lbs monster. I'll be in my granny gear the whole time.4

      June 25, 2013

  • Andrey

    Did you do it before? Other than beautiful views from the top it's going to be boooring.

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • Fredric

      I only treat this place like a gym. I only come there to train my lungs and legs. That being said, at one point I was coming here twice a week for 2 months

      June 24, 2013

    • Michael

      It's why Fred can pedal uphill using 1 leg only

      1 · June 24, 2013

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