Little Yosemite Cascades

Oakland, California

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Alameda Creek steepens and gathers speed as it is funneled through the steep-walled Little Yosemite canyon, forming a series of rolling cascades. Soaring raptors and flitting butterflies, wildflowers and spreading oaks, serpentine rock outcroppings painted with lichen, and a lovely cascade tumbling through mossy creek boulders … this loop pretty much epitomizes an ideal Bay Area waterfall hike.There is an easier way to view the cascades in the Sunol-Ohlone park’s Little Yosemite gorge—you can simply follow the Camp Ohlone fire road out and back. But the loop described here tours a picturesque grassland dotted with serpentine rock outcroppings and archetypal oaks with canopies spread like mushroom caps forming pools of shade. The route tops out with an easy traverse off ering excellent views in three directions before dropping to the falls on boulder-tossed Alameda Creek in Little Yosemite. The loop passes through an area grazed by lumbering bovines, but don’t let the cow pies dissuade you. Watch your step and enjoy.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Alameda Creek steepens and gathers speed as it is funneled through the steep-walled Little Yosemite canyon, forming a series of rolling cascades.

Soaring raptors and flitting butterflies, wildflowers and spreading oaks, serpentine rock outcroppings painted with lichen, and a lovely cascade tumbling through mossy creek boulders … this loop pretty much epitomizes an ideal Bay Area waterfall hike.There is an easier way to view the cascades in the Sunol-Ohlone park’s Little Yosemite gorge—you can simply follow the Camp Ohlone fire road out and back. But the loop described here tours a picturesque grassland dotted with serpentine rock outcroppings and archetypal oaks with canopies spread like mushroom caps forming pools of shade. The route tops out with an easy traverse off ering excellent views in three directions before dropping to the falls on boulder-tossed Alameda Creek in Little Yosemite. The loop passes through an area grazed by lumbering bovines, but don’t let the cow pies dissuade you. Watch your step and enjoy.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oakland
Distance: 3.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: East Bay Regional Park District, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., PO Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605-0381; (888) EBPARKS; www.ebparks.org
Local Maps: USGS La Costa Valley CA; East Bay Regional Park District brochure and map available at the trailhead and at www.ebparks.org
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Yosemite Cascades

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