Spring hiking already? Sunny and brisk in Northern California


What a day it was in San Jose by-the-sea.  Got off my duff and did my favorite hike – Mission Peak in Fremont. If you can add this hike to your list, it’s really nice. Bring a jacket because it gets pretty nippy and windy at the top.

We could see the skyscrapers in San Francisco from our perch at about 2500 feet. The winds really blew away the smog. Mt Tamalpias was visible and to the east we could make out the snow on the higher peaks of the Sierra. Being a weekday it was pretty sparse with just a few other hikers up around noon.

The arborial dell on Mission Peak with Grazing Cattle

This is my favorite training spot for Half Dome. I like to do it twice for a 6-hour trek before I feel I’m ready for HD. You get some good altitude and almost the rise from the Valley to HD at a bit over 4,700 feet. I’m kinda surprised I’m not dead or sore. Most of my winter workouts have been in a warm gym.

Did anyone else get out? The bay area is looking at temps getting into the low 70’s as the week rolls on – YES! And the stores are having  end-of-season sales. YES!!


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. – Steve Martin

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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7 Responses to Spring hiking already? Sunny and brisk in Northern California

  1. Sönke says:

    Just received a couple of inches of fresh snow yesterday. Way below freezing even during the day. Plus the highest elevation within a 200 mls radius is approx. 150 ft. 🙂
    So no hiking training here.

  2. Maureen L says:

    those wonderful mountains and bay views are really worth the hikes!

    it was pretty hazy this past weekend where I was.

    REI winter sale starts Feb 15.

    talk at REI in Berkeley Weds night on Muir’s hike to Yosemite by those who’ve retraced the route.

  3. Dean says:

    Still winter hiking over here Rick…some photos from last week in Glencoe…it won’t reach the low 70s here until…well…er…actually it probably won’t reach the low 70s here!

    Not sure if we are heading to California this year, jury is out…word is it’s Florida Keys…


  4. Kathy says:

    Nice pic – Mission Peak is always pretty at this time of year when it is still green.

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