Rose Peak

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Early morning light on Rose Peak

I hiked Rose PeakRose Peak sounds like a sweet little hike, but don't let the name fool you. This is one tough hike. While the summit is 3,817', you'll climb 5,000' over the course of this out-and-back hike of nearly 20 miles.

And though you'd never know it from the photos of rolling hills and cows grazing, there are some really steep sections. This is the most challenging hike in the bunch.

Did you know?

Rose Peak sits along the Ohlone Trail, which actually runs past Mission Peak as well.

Rose Peak Basics

  • Summit elevation: 3,817' (1,163 m)
  • Vertical gain: 5,000'
  • Hiking mileage: 19.5 miles
  • Location: Ohlone Regional Wilderness

Hiking Rose Peak

Rose Peak can be reached via two main routes: either the Del Valle Regional Park to the east or the slightly easier route beginning in the Sunol Wilderness to the west. Most of the route is on the Ohlone Trail, which requires a permit that also happens to be a really nice, durable map -- and your permit is good for an entire year.

Trail Guides

Here are detailed trail guides to give you the information you need about each route:

Travel Time

  • Drive time from San Francisco: 1 hour, 18 minutes (57 miles)
  • Drive time from Oakland: 55 minutes (49 miles)
  • Drive time from San Jose: 1 hour (43 miles)
  • Get turn-by-turn directions to Del Valle on Google Maps

Local Tips

  • There is usually spring water available at several of the campsites along this route. Check with the ranger beforehand and filter or treat before drinking. There are signs directing you to the water at each camp area.

Latest Rose Peak Trip Reports

These hike logs will give you a feel for what the current conditions are, and the experience from other Six-Pack of Peaks challengers.

Quiet solitude to finish

By Kelly Hurrey | December 5, 2019

Snowy at the Top of Rose peak

By meangela010 | November 29, 2019

The long road

By Janel | November 23, 2019

Rose Peak……Long, long road and a snake

By Jonelle Mejia | November 23, 2019


By Joy Robles | November 16, 2019

Gorgeous Views from Rose Peak

By Sandy Bartlett | November 9, 2019

Relaxing 20 Miler

By MDuzyj | November 9, 2019

Not Rosey

By Michelle l Verceles | November 9, 2019

Whistling cat of Maggies 1/2 Acre

By Ross Heitkamp | November 8, 2019

Sunrise on Rose Peak

By Mary | November 8, 2019

View all Rose Peak trip reports.

2018 NorCal Six-Pack of Peaks logoThe Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

This hike is part of the Northern California Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge, a series of challenging hikes up six, diverse and scenic Bay Area mountains. Sign-up to take the challenge today! 


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