Everest by the Bay

Rose Peak

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This page describes the specific hiking route used on Rose Peak for Everest by the Bay.

Fast Facts

Location of the route:
Sunol Regional Wilderness and Ohlone Regional Wilderness near Sunol and Livermore in Alameda County
Trailhead elevation above sea level:
440 feet (134 meters)
Summit elevation above sea level:
3817 feet (1163 meters)
Elevation gained on our route:
4170 feet (1270 meters)
Distance walked on our route:
20 miles (32 kilometers)
Parking or other fees
one-year Ohlone Wilderness Trail map/permit (a few dollars at the gate or by mail); $4.00 parking fee

All distances and elevations are approximate [ more info ].


From Interstate 680 in Sunol, take the Calaveras Blvd. exit. Follow Calaveras about five miles south to Geary Road and turn left onto Geary. (The road a little before Geary Road is Welch Creek Road.) Continue on Geary Road to the Sunol Regional Wilderness Area entrance kiosk (pay for parking here, and purchase a permit if you do not have one). Follow the paved road to the loop at its end and park. The trailhead gate is at the far (south) end of the parking area. Note: this trailhead is not the one used by most Rose Peak hikers because this route does not follow the Ohlone Wilderness Trail at first.

The Route

Follow Camp Ohlone Road south across the bridge and then eastward through the "Little Yosemite" area. Soon after passing the signed "W Tree", turn left onto Backpack Road. Follow this road up to the north and meet the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, where you go right (east). Follow Ohlone Wilderness Trail, whose route is marked along the way by disks bearing a red oak leaf, all the way to Rose Peak. Return along the same route.

Trail Maps

Elevation Profile

profile of our route on Rose Peak

This profile shows the first half of the out-and-back route. [ More info about elevation profiles. ]

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