Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A ramble from the new Warm Springs BART station to the summit of Mission Peak, and back: 28 March 2017

It has been about 17 years since BART decision makers publically mentioned the possibility of adding 5.4 miles of train track between the Fremont BART station, the southerly most station in the East Bay, and Warm Springs which is located in the southern portion of Fremont. I read recently that BART was finally going to open the new Warm Springs BART station on Saturday, 25 March 2017. 


I looked at a map to see the exact location of the newly opened Warm Springs BART station, and after a short review of the map, I decided to do a ramble from the Warm Springs BART station to the summit of Mission Peak, 2,520 feet (768 meters), and then back to the Warm Springs BART station. The distance traveled would be approximately 10.5 miles (16.9 kilometers). About six miles of trails, and 4.5 miles on public streets.The cumulative elevation gain would be about 2,542 feet (774 meters). 

Donna joined me on this somewhat strenuous hike. We left the Berkeley BART station at 7:45 am and arrived at the Warm Springs BART station at around 8:50 am; at which time we immediately started our ramble to Mission Peak. It took us about 5 hours and 30 minutes to do the hike.

The Warm Springs BART station. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Inside the Warm Springs BART station. The view is looking southwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

A view of Mission Peak as seen from the Warm Springs BART station. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Here is another view of Mission Peak as seen from the Warm Springs BART station. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

A view from the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. The Tesla car factory is located in the area of the light colored factory buildings seen ahead to the left of center. That area is also the location of the new Warm Springs BART station. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

On the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Fremont is ahead. The view is looking northwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Looking east from the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. The summit of Mission Peak beckons. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Cows grazing near Peak Meadow Trail. The view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

A view of Mount Diablo, 3,849 feet (1,173 meters), as seen from near the summit of Mission Peak. The view is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

We are on the Peak Trail and are now very close to the summit of Mission Peak. The view is looking northwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The summit of Mission Peak. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

We are descending Horse Heaven Trail. Here is a view of the summit of Mission Peak. The view is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The beautiful hills of California. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The Ohlone Wilderness Trail is visible; we will be leaving the park shortly and then we will walk back to the Warm Springs BART station for the train ride home. It is approximately thirty-five miles from Warm Springs to Berkeley via BART. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

This map shows the locations of the Warm Springs BART station and Mission Peak Regional Preserve. The area shown is the southeast portion of the Bay Area. Click on the image to see the full-size map.

The distance traveled was approximately 10.5 miles (16.9 kilometers). Six miles were on trails, and 4.5 miles were on public streets. Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. The cumulative elevation gain was about 2,542 feet (774 meters). Click on the image to see the full-size map.

This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the hike. Click the image to see the full-size chart.


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Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with a Panasonic 14mm-42mm lens was used to take these photographs.

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