Little Yosemite is a scenic gorge on Alameda Creek about two miles upstream from park headquarters. It is an especially attractive portion of this creek.
The original inhabitants in the Sunol Valley were the Ohlone Indians and reminders of them can be seen in the acorn pounding bedrock mortars found in the park. For the past half century, the land known today as Sunol Regional Wilderness was used almost exclusively as ranch land.
Alameda Creek is the county's largest stream and hosts an attractive community of trees including alder, willow, sycamore and bay laurel. The nearby valley abound with coastal live oak, blue and valley oak, elderberry, madrone, and California buckeye. During spring, the hills come alive with a variety of colorful wildflowers. A wildflower identification kit may be checked out at the visitor center.
Start: At the Indian Joe Nature Trail marker by the bridge near the Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor center
Trail: Take Indian Joe trail to Cave Rocks Road. Turn right. Take Cerro Este road to Little Yosemite. After visiting Little Yosemite area up to the cattle gate, turn back on Cerro Este and turn left on to Canyon View trail, and it will become Indian Joe trail.
Distance: 6 mile loop
Appr. time: 3.5 - 4 hours
Fees: $5.00 per car
Directions: From interstate 680 exit at Calaveras Road. Go south onto Calaveras Road and proceed to Geary Road. Turn left on to Geary Road, which leads directly into the park