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Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's East Bay
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)
The Canyon View Trail offers just that—views down into an Alameda Creek gorge dubbed Little Yosemite. Steep walls and the jostling stream enliven the stretch of Camp Ohlone Road that traverses the canyon floor. Birds and butterflies, wildflowers and archetypal oaks, serpentine rock outcrops painted with lichen and mossy creek boulders washed in a clear stream . . . this loop pretty much epitomizes the best of an easy Bay Area day hike. It begins with a climb through Jacob’s Valley, a picturesque grassland dotted with serpentine rock outcrops and perfectly shaped oaks, tops out with an easy traverse offering excellent views in three directions, and drops into Little Yosemite, a steep gorge containing boulder-tossed Alameda Creek. This route passes through an area grazed by lumbering bovines, but don’t let the cow pies dissuade you. Watch your step and enjoy.
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