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The novice hikers guide to surviving Mission Peak

With a 7 mile trail and no shade in site, a hike to the top of Mission Peak is best taken in the winter sometime around February – May when it isn’t too rainy for muddy boots and isn’t too hot to get a heat stroke. The trail is usually open to the public from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm. Compared to Big Sur and the 17 mile drive trails, this one is a little less scenic but worth it for the challenge. Most north Californians know about this moderately tough trail and have been on an adventure or two here to enjoy the view of the silicon valley from the peak. Mission Peak is one of the high hiking trails in the city of Fremont, California.

Some things never to forget are:

  1. Water

    You’ll see plenty of warnings on the trail to turn back and get water if you don’t have any and as with any hike you will definitely need at least 2 litres depending on your pace. Also make sure to use the bathroom before you enter the trail as you will not find loos in abundance on the trail. If you are getting your pet along, make sure to get them some extra water for them too!

  2. Snacks

    Pack light with granola bars, dried fruit, nuts and small sandwiches especially if you are going with a family or kids (Yes, I have seen kids completing this hike and if they can do it, you can do it too 😀 ).

  3. Sunscreen

    Mission peak is a combination of valleys and hills with a few choices along the way about which path you want to walk. Since there is absolutely no shade anywhere, sunblock is a must if you are taking this trail during the day. It takes anywhere from 2.5 to 5 hours to get back down depending on your pace and with no shade be certain that you will thoroughly be bronzed and burned by the time you are back.

  4. Jacket

    It can get extremely windy during the winter months especially at the peak. Come prepared with layered clothing that you can easily modify depending on how you find the weather.

  5. Running shoes

    You will be doing a lot of walking/running on this trail if you intend on reaching the top and no pair of flats will save you from the steep slopes and rocky terrain on the last 500 feet so it goes without saying that you will need a good pair of shoes to make this journey comfortable.

  6. A Camera

    Finally, about the selfies – on most days you will find people queued up by the 20’s to get a picture at the top. And why not? If you made your way to the top, give yourself a pat on the back and whip out that selfie stick. Whether it be your phone or a fancy DSLR, no hike to mission peak is complete without a selfie at the famous pole.


     

    Additionally, you can take pictures of green hills, views of the valleys and cows grazing, sometimes even a para-glider!

Detoxing with Wheat-grass

Wheat-grass is one of the most powerful super-foods on the planet with benefits ranging from getting rid of acne scars to neutralizing toxins from your body. Lets leave the magical cancer curing, weight dropping and other such hype surrounding wheat-grass consumption at the door. I chose Wheat-grass mainly for it’s anti-oxidant properties and it’s rich nutritional content (Nutritional Value Information Link here). And as with anything else – consistency is very important if you want to see results. I drink wheat-grass juice up to 3 times a week in the mornings and on the other 4 days as a post workout fruit smoothie add-in.

Wheat-grass can be consumed in quite a few ways – nowadays it’s available in both tablet and powder form. You can also buy the fresh pressed juice at most grocery stores. I prefer juicing it myself to avoid the “yummy” added preservatives in either of those forms. There are also claims that wheat-grass juice begins to lose nutritional value about 20 minutes after it is juiced so I grow my own stash at home to keep things fresh.

Homegrown healthy wheat-grass also claims to have the highest chlorophyll and vitamin C content than any other form. Based on the numerous articles I read before I tried Wheat-grass shots, I found that it’s best consumed on an empty stomach so I prefer taking it early morning. Preparing wheat-grass juice at home from is quite easy but I have to warn you that it’s not as delicious by itself. I mix it with some lemon juice and honey  to dilute the strong taste.

Preparation

  1. Blend equal parts of wheat-grass and water in a mixer – I use 1 oz of each. The juice will get separated from the fiber and can easily be strained out.
  2. Strain the juice from the pulp using a cheesecloth or a strainer.
  3. Squeeze in lemon juice (.5 oz) and stir in some honey or agave syrup to your taste and drink up asap! You can even blend in some apples, oranges, pears, kiwis and avocados with this shot for a more filling smoothie specially if you don’t plan on eating anything else for breakfast.

If you have any interesting information on wheat-grass or insights from your experience, feel free to share them in the comments section below 🙂