By Carol Pogash
Nov. 4, 2014
FREMONT, Calif. — At three kilometers long and 2,000 foot in level, the hike up Mission Peak isn’t for the faint of heart: The path is dry and almost bald, and climbing it could be painfully hot. The incline nearby the top is rocky and preposterously steep.
However for people who ensure it is to your top, the payoff is big. Along with a view that is panoramic of Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and, often, the Sierra Nevada set off against a cornflower sky, there clearly was a pole to climb up, one where hikers can pose in a success stance for an image that proves they managed to make it. About four years ago, cellphone images of climbers in the pole nearby the peak with hands outstretched like eagle wings started cropping up on Facebook, Instagram, Yelp and also internet dating sites.
Exactly what is a rite of passage for many has changed into a nuisance for the community. Every Saturday and Sunday, 1,500 to 2,000 individuals started to rise Mission Peak, and you can find just 42 parking areas. […]