Sunol Regional Wilderness

Sunol, California

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Sunol
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Open daily year-round from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sunol Regional Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Niles; LaCosta Valley

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