In the Sunol Regional Wilderness Regional Preserve, East Bay Regional Park District's multi 6,859-acre wilderness. Bedrock mortars used by Native Americans for pounding acorns that were found in the area are reminders of Sunol's first inhabitants. Little Yosemite is a scenic gorge on Alameda Creek about two miles upstream from the Visitor Center, swimming is not allowed in Alameda Creek in the Little Yosemite area. Ground squirrels, yellow-billed magpies and red-tailed hawks share this wilderness with raccoons, skunks and black-tailed deer. Mountain lions are uncommon, but are occasionally sighted. Birding is superb along Alameda Creek with acorn woodpecker, black phoebe, titmouse, turkey vulture, and golden eagle commonly sighted. There are as many as 20 to 40 bird species are often seen in a single morning.
Level: Intermediate Plus (Steep Slope)
Total Distance: 6.2 miles loop
Hiking Time: 3- 3.5 hours
Elevation: 1100 feet
Parking: Parking fee and fee for Leashed Dogs
Information: Toilet & water at trailhead, Dogs allowed on Leash
Map: from EBRPD http://www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol/#trailmap
Meeting Point: Will meet at Sunol Regional Wilderness Regional Preserve Parking Lot, Picnic tables in front of the Footbridge, near the Visitor Center at 12 noon. 1895 Geary Road, Sunol, CA
GPS Coordinates for Trailhead:
Latitude 37°30'55.5"N Longitude -121°49'58.3"W
Hike Route: Starting point, We will start at the edge of the 1st parking area near the Picnic Tables and cross over the foot-bridge and Alameda Creek, then Right on Canyon View Trail continue past the junctions staying on Canyon View Trail, then Right downhill on Cerro Este Road to view and explore Little Yosemite (Take a Group Photo), then continue back uphill steep on Cerro Este Road past the junction (McCorkle Trail), at Observation Lookout take a break, then Left on Cave Rocks Road, at top, Left downhill on Indian Joe Creek Trail at junction Right over the creek towards the Park Visitor center, Right on Canyon View Trail, then Left across the Foot-Bridge to the Parking Lot at approximately 4:00pm.
From I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road (near the town of Sunol.) Turn right at the exit onto Calaveras Road and proceed about four miles to a left turn onto Geary Road, which leads directly into the park. (If you find yourself driving uphill on a narrow winding road you’ve missed the Geary Road turnoff.) To reach the Old Green Barn take the first left after the park entrance.
From the Oakland-Berkeley area, drive east on I-580 to the junction with I-680. Take I-680 south and exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the Sunol exit. At the bottom of the exit turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed as noted above.
From the Walnut Creek - Danville area, drive south on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the Sunol exit. Proceed as noted above.
From Highway 1 - 20 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Turn left into the parking lot from Año Nuevo State Park Road.
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