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Park Features: This stunning park of rugged peaks and beautiful vistas has a remote wilderness feel. Its 6,859 acres of wilderness were once home to the area’s first inhabitants and then became vast ranchlands. Today it offers hiking, nature study, backpacking, and picnicking; it draws thousands of visitors annually. The Old Green Barn Visitor Center offers naturalist-led programs that bring to life the history of the park or interpret its natural features. At its higher reaches, the park features large outcroppings of rocks that offer a glimpse into its marine origins. There is little water available in the park beyond the Visitor Center; be sure to bring adequate supplies with you on the trail. Open 8am to Sunset (varies seasonally)

Great trail. Flag Hill has beautiful views of the canyon. Recommend taking Hayfield Road down.

nice hike. Not too hard but not super easy either.

The little Yosemite Area may not have as much water/waterfalls as expected or as shown in pictures. If you go in with the expectation of seeing something like yosemite, you’re bound to be a bit disappointed: We went recently in December and it was a bit of a disappointment in terms of what we expected versus what we saw.

Having said that, it is a BEAUTIFUL hike and it was quite green when we went. It has some great views of hills as well as plains. Go with the right mindset of enjoying nature and you’ll have a great time!

Cool clear day for an easy stroll.

Great hike and the weather was perfect.

I did this hike with a group of kids from 2 years to 16 years, all were family members, they enjoyed it very much, especially when they were at little Yosemite, climbing the rocks and trying not to fall in water made it a very fun play hour for them.
The canyon view trail to little Yosemite is not stroller friendly, however you can use stroller on the Ohlone Road to Little Yosemite.

1 month ago

We hiked the the Eagle View trail at Sunol Regional Wilderness. Total distance was 7.2 miles with a elevation gain of 1,683 ft. The views were spectacular. There is few challenge ascents in the beginning but overall it was a pleasant hike.

Great hike for the most part, some beautiful views.

I love this hike and have been on it a few times. I would consider it to be moderate (difficult trails, to me, involve climbing over rocks or trails with sheer drops) It’s best to go in the spring or fall when the weather is not got, as the trail does not provide any shade. There are some pretty amazing vistas, especially in the early mornings worth the clouds/fog.

There’s a ton of nature to see, including turkeys, ground squirrels, turtles, deer, quail, hawks, and especially cows, which you can walk right alongside. Keep in mind that as great as it is to be so close to the cows, that also means lots of “mud pies” everywhere you step along the trails.

I recommend starting up the Flagstaff trail early in the morning and then stopping by the pond for a break, and heading down via the Indian Joe Creek trail. The hike takes about 2.5-3 hours

Other things to note: There’s a $5 cash only entrance fee. Also the restrooms are not great, so I recommend stopping elsewhere beforehand (eg Sunol super stop)

I love this trail. it is a beautiful area and I especially love the river.

Went on this trail right after spring rains in 2017. plenty of water in the creek pretty awesome cause the trail goes along right next to it for most of the way. nice and green after so much rain.

trail running
5 months ago

This trail is closer to 4 miles than 5.5. It is a climb but you get to cruise on the way down, kind of a fun figure eight Loop with an awesome farm / barn picnic area and pretty well marked dirt trails. Shady patches. Indian Joe Creek was dry as a bone when I ran this trail in late July. $5 parking fee. Bring cash.

The view can be quite different, depending on what season you come. Today is my second hike on this trail. Too hot (there is no shade), and the hills are almost yellow. But last time I came here in November, the hills were green, with a small lake at the end of the trail. Be sure to bring lots of water! The canyon view trail is very narrow, so be careful and wear good hiking shoes.

We did this in early August, weather was partly cloudy so didn't get too much burned. The trail had good tree coverage and shade in the initial 1/3
This trail gains elevation in the start and then remains flat before coming down to Little Yosemite.
The return loop is on flat (boring) Ohlone Rd, so we took a right after some walking on Ohlone Rd. This meant climbing and joining the Canyon view trail and then descending back via canyon view trail.

This is lightly travelled trail, we started early, before 8 am and saw other people only around 10 am.

There is no cell reception on the trail, so download the trail map and also get offline Google maps.

We parked on left, a little before Geary Rd becomes one-way loop.

The start of trail is not very well marked, we had to cross a small wooden bridge (behind the parking spot) to find the trail head.

5 months ago

One of the hardest hikes I've ever done and I was not well prepared. It was a hot day and I didn't bring enough water or a filter (ended up drinking the untreated water). I also didn't know you needed a permit so I didn't have a map either (ended up using my phone to look things up). That said, it really is a challenge and I only saw 3 people on the trail (and 2 of them were just backpackers leaving). The solitude is creepy but kind of interesting if you're not used to it. Definitely have a hearty breakfast and research the area before you go. It was a spur of the moment decision for me but I'm glad I did it. Took about 9 hours.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail. Bring your hiking sticks. Go early like 6am. There are two ways to start this loop. I started from Flag Hill Trail and returned via Hayfield road.

5 months ago

I recommend start hiking in the morning. Not much of shades so it will get super hot.

Started this hike from the Sunol Visitor Center and up the HayField road, then follow the signs for Maquire Peaks loop. I wanted to do more that the 5 miles from there, and this was a nice add to make a 12 mile hike.

I saw Quail along with baby chicks, Turkeys and their baby gooblers, turkey vultures, hawks, woodpeckers.

I will note that I didn't believe the comment about the Tule Elk, but found that there ARE sighings in this area. What a treat it would be to see one though.

I added a bit more on the way back to the visitor center by cutting over to the Indian Joe trail for a bit of stream and shade walking. I ended the hike at 2pm and at 100~f.

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