Indian Joe Creek Trail

Sunol Regional Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain120ft
Trailhead Elevation400ft
Elevation Min/Max400/479ft
Elevation Start/End400/400ft

Indian Joe Creek Trail

Indian Joe Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Alameda County, California. It is within Sunol Regional Wilderness. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 400 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 120 feet. This trail connects with the following: Canyon View Trail and Cave Rocks Road.

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"Sunol Regional Wilderness is in a remote little valley just east of the city of Milpitas. Although cattle still graze on this historic ranch land, there remain many signs of wildlife. There is great bird watching along Alameda Creek, where sightings of acorn woodpeckers and yellow-billed magpies are common. The hike is relatively strenuous as it climbs up through a rocky ravine, then through oaks and grasslands to Cave Rocks. The basalt outcrops at Cave Rocks may interest rock climbers. The return along Hayfield Road is easier, along a wide, gently descending trail through a pasture. Park activities include hiking, picnicking, and camping. No bikes or dogs are allowed."

"Climb alongside a seasonal stream to a dark jumble of basalt known as Cave Rocks, popular with climbers and a lovely vista point for views down the Indian Joe Creek drainage. The obvious apex of this hike is Cave Rocks, a basalt formation that overlooks Indian Joe Creek and is sometimes hung with the ropes of rock climbers honing their skills on the polished surfaces. The rocks are tipped and balanced, creating dark alcoves that lend truth to the tale told by a park ranger— that a native named Indian Joe once lived near here. Indian Joe, according to a park brochure, was a native who worked for homesteaders Pat and Mary Ann Geary. The Gearys purchased this section of untamed land from the U.S. government after the end of the Civil War and built a cabin next to Indian Joe Creek. Later generations built the Old Green Barn (1895) and other structures on the property, including the one-room Rosedale School, which saw the education of two generations of Gearys and other area residents before being torn down in 1918."

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Sunol Regional Wilderness
Nearby City
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness
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USGS La Costa Valley
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Oct 2018