Sunol Regional Wilderness

Sunol, California 94586

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Sunol Regional Wilderness Professional Guide

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"This loop in the 6,859-acre wilderness starts by bridging and paralleling Alameda Creek. Up through tranquil wooded canyons, you pass Indian Joe Cave Rocks to grassy slopes covered with California poppies, lupine, and wild mustard in spring and views of Lake Del Valle and the Ohlone Wilderness.

Little Yosemite offers misting water cascading over boulders in the gorge in early spring. Traverse a ridge and head down a canyon with weathered green serpentine and sandstone outcrops, through oak woodland, back to the start."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jane Huber
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"Sunol’s jagged peaks and grassy ridges are surrounded by open space, cushioning the impact from nearby East Bay towns and highways. There’s a lot of real estate here, with natural wonders that include rock formations, creeks, and even small waterfalls in winter and spring. This loop just scratches the surface of Sunol, climbing along a creek to a grassy ridge with rock formations and views galore, then descending through grassland back to the trailhead."
Best Hikes Near San Francisco (Falcon Guides)
Linda Hamilton
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"This loop in a 6,858-acre wilderness will take you along Alameda Creek, up through tranquil wooded canyons, past Indian Joe Cave Rocks, and onto grassy slopes covered with California poppies, lupine, and wild mustard in spring. Little Yosemite, with misting water cascading over boulders in the gorge, is especially heavy in early spring. If you compare it to the real Yosemite, you’ll be disappointed, but the falls are still picturesque and a wonderful discovery. Traverse a ridge and head down a canyon with weathered green serpentine and sandstone outcrops, back through oak woodland, before finishing by the creek again. Trails Surface: Single-track dirt path and double-track trail."

Sunol Regional Wilderness Trip Reports

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A beautiful hike in the fall. Lots of Oak trees and a pretty creek. There are several trails with varying levels of steepness. I would definately recommend this hike in the Spring and Fall months. It would probably be too hot on Summer afternoons as there are some unshaded sections of the trails. Cows share this area so watch your step!
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Trail Information

Sunol
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.0
Distance
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Single-track dirt path, double-track dirt trail, short gravel fire road.
Terrain
Moderate
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor Center, 1895 Geary Rd., Sunol 94586; (510) 5443249; and East Bay Regional Park District Headquarters, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., P.O. Box 5381, Oakland 94605; 888-EBPARKS (888-3272757), option 3, ext. 4559; www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol
Local Contacts
La Costa Valley, CA
Local Maps

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