Mission (Peak) Impossible?

We spent the weekend trying to hike!!

We’d originally planned to spend Saturday hiking in Pinnacles National Park, a few hours south of here. But we heard that it was unsuitable for small hikers, so put that plan on hold for a year. So on Saturday, we decided to hike one of the parks off Skyline. We got in the car, headed off…and watched the rain descend furiously on Skyline. Nope!

So we consulted our book and found a hike in the sunnier East Bay. We were going to tackle Mission Peak – a tall mountain over the town of Fremont. It was 3.3 miles up and 3.3 down, but the book described it as a ‘butt-kicker’. It climbs 2,000 feet in those 3.3 miles!! The Husband has a thing about climbing mountains, so we drove madly over the bridge to Fremont, found a parking space, started hiking…and it started raining. We hiked about quarter of a mile before bailing, we were just too wet already! In the end, we felt justified – it rained for hours. Instead we piled into REI and bought the Dude a bargain waterproof jacket! I love REI.

The Husband and Dude in the distance
Someone nicked my waterproofs!
Heading home!

Which brought us to Sunday. The forecast was good, so we would go back and tackle the hike again. However I’d planned to do my last long run on Sunday! I knew I couldn’t do both, so I woke up early and ran another 6 mile tempo run. It went really well – I had one mile warm up, three miles at tempo, one mile rest and one final speedy mile. I felt really good, actually and ended up doing 6 miles in 51 mins at 8.33 pace! Really happy with that. I’ll run my long run on Monday.

Then after church, we headed back to Fremont to hike. Mission Peak was bathed in sunshine, but it wasn’t too hot…so up we went. We took it at pre-schooler pace and really enjoyed it. It was relentlessly uphill but only really tough in short stretches. The Dude hiked 3/4 of it both ways, we were really proud. It ended in a fun little rock scramble up to the pole at the top! There were loads of people up there and the views were FANTASTIC! Totally worth the effort!

On the way up!
On the way up!
Literally at the top of the world!
We live over there!

The icing on the cake was the beautiful coyote we saw on the way down, bounding effortlessly over the grasses. Perfect!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    I’ve only hiked up to Mission Peak once, about 2 years ago, and it was blazing. All I remember is feeling really hot and tired, and being afraid that we didn’t bring enough water (we did, but barely). It probably won’t surprise you that T and his friends used to do training runs up to the top. Talk about serious hill training! The views from up there are gorgeous though.

    1. Cathryn says:

      We saw several people running it – I kind of fancied it but knew it would kill me. My quads are DYING today!

  2. Love the pics but the last on is the best! Glad you had a great weekend.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you – I love that one too.

  3. Nic J says:

    Agree with therunningtherapist – that last one is an absolute blinder! One for the grandparents to put in a frame methinks! x

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks! I may well send it to them to force them to display it in the Shrine to the Dude in their house 🙂

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