Sunol Regional Wilderness is one the crown jewels of the East Bay Regional Park system, home (in part) to the Ohlone Wilderness. This hike will take us up Flag Hill for a panoramic overview, continuing up to the Cerro Este overlook, then descending and returning via McCorkle and Canyon trails. Also possible to include a visit to Little Yosemite (waterfall/pool), which may be worth a visit if we get rain this week. This would add a couple miles to the route.
Trail route: Canyon Trail-Flag Hill Trail-Flag Hill Road-High Valley Road-Cave Rocks Road-Cerro Este Road-McCorkle Trail-Canyon Trail.
Hike rating: Moderate to challenging. There is a fair amount of elevation gain/loss on the route.
COWS: We may encounter them. If you have a known chaser (like my young, easily excited Shepherd, Ananda), please be aware and leash your dog while passing by. Hikers out front can help by warning the hikers coming behind if there are cow sightings. As well as it being a park rule to not let dogs harass the cows (listen up, Ananda!), I have been charged by aggressive cows, especially when there are young ones in the herd, and dogs that chase run the risk of getting kicked or trampled.
Hiking pace: average to brisk (avg. 2.5 miles/hr). I will stop for brief water/rest breaks and for a 15-20 min. snack/lunch break about midway through. Please be sure to carry PLENTY of water for yourself and your dog(s); minimum 2-3 liters, more if you or your dog(s) are guzzlers. There is no water available on the trail route. (Streams/creeks are not reliable sources in drought conditions.)
Everyone is free to hike at their own pace. If you are unable to keep up with the general group pace, or forge out ahead or fall behind, the organizer will not be on the lookout for you. You can request (or will be given) a map at the entry kiosk.
Please be on time. We will wait no more than 10 minutes after the posted start time for latecomers. This park is very popular on weekends so you may have to park in another lot farther from the visitor center lot where we will meet.
There are parking & dog fees at this park, typically $5.00 per car, $2.00 per dog. After the entry kiosk continue to the Green Barn visitor center and parking area on the left. Look for a bunch of people with a bunch of LEASHED dogs (please keep your dog leashed in the staging area, until we are on the trail). Water, toilets, and maps available at the staging area.
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