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This is a long time pending review. I took this hike in 2018. Beautiful trail with lush green mountains and breeze. seanic hills all around. Usually less crowded.

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bugs
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16 days ago

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19 days ago

Great trail to prepare you for a Sierra backpacking trip or to work on your long distance capabilities. The ascent to the peak has very few descents. Passed three groups of cows along the trail. No bench or structures at the top. As others have stated, there is little shade leaving you exposed for most of the hike. I brought 3 liters of water and finished in 7 hours and 5 mins. I would not recommend this hike during the summer and do recommend trekking poles for the hike down to help out with knees and such.

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bugs
no shade
23 days ago

This is a very touch hike. I would recommend to do it in spring. Make sure to bring at least 4 liters of water.

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rocky
1 month ago

It is a great trail! I went with my dog and reached in the early morning around 8:20 to avoid the heat and crowd.It’s very beautiful especially when I reached little Yosemite. There is one part of the trail gets pretty narrow and rocky but overall a great hike, will definitely do it again!

This trail is fantastic! I can’t wait to come back and do it in the spring and possibly use the backpacking camps in the Ohlone Wilderness. One note, if going counter-clockwise, there is a steep section of McCorkle trail going through a small ravine and the trail splits. Stay to the right. If you go left, you will end up next to the cattle pens. This will connect with Canyon View after ducking under some trees and you can go either left and reconnect with Ohlone Road or right and get back on McCorkle (better option). All in all this is a great hike, and fantastic training if you’re gearing up for larger hikes/backpacking trips like I am. Also steer clear of the cows and try not to get in between momma and the calf!

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1 month ago

only went to the cliffs of flag hill. good hike but its pretty exposed.

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1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Did the trail clockwise on a Saturday afternoon, moderate ascent up to the top with scenic views. It was quite rocky and there is lots of erosion, very glad I brought my trekking poles. It was really hot and dry and there is barely any shade. Lots of sharp dry bushes so wear pants and long sleeves. Half the trail is a gravel road which was less enjoyable. Would do it again on a cooler day.

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over grown
1 month ago

We started this trail near the Visitor Center and hiked it clockwise. As suggested by the name, the Canyon View trail had great views but not without a moderately brisk hike to the top. The last part of the Canyon View Trail was a bit narrow and overgrown, but it was fun to navigate nonetheless. You can see Little Yosemite from the trail as you approach it, but you’ll have to carefully hike off trail (down into the rocks) to see more of it. We’re definitely going back to explore more of the trail systems in the area!

Beautiful scenery and a good workout. Not too many people so you may have trail to yourself. Very relaxing.

So lovely, went in the spring while everything was green and blooming.

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2 months ago

Trail with great views. I would totally recommend for beginners and for people that would like to relax.

First part of the trail (going up) had no shade, it was all maintenance road like and pretty boring. Second of the trail was more fun, there was more shade and it was more treacherous. We had an encounter with a bunch of cows (and their babies) at one point and had to go off trail in some sort of ravine since they weren’t happy with our presence. We left we a few cuts and a bunch of needles in our bodies but it made this hike more interesting overall.

Great hike with amazing views. There’s a little shade, though, and a lot of cow poop. Plan accordingly, maybe don’t go on a very hot day.

Pretty moderate hike along the trail. Didn’t go too far, but reached Little Yosemite & continued along the road path. Definitely a place to further explore.

on Little Yosemite

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no shade
2 months ago

Got there after work and started around 6. Saw a cougar walking in the middle of the Canyon View Trail. I was walking alone (4’9”) but getting away safely. Left Canyon View Trail and saw a rattlesnake later on the sideway of the Mccorkle Trail and making mad rattling noise. Decided to turn back and finish the loop and saw the cougar was still there, chilling and sitting on the trail. Probably just had a big great dinner? A lot of Poison Oak but personally thought the red leaves were pretty nice as long as being cautious. Great adventurous afterwork walking but maybe tried to avoid dusk time if going alone.

Very beautiful trail! Majestic oaks, yellow wildflowers over the hills. Ran out of time, so I shortened it a bit by 2miles.

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rocky
3 months ago

Had a great hike here! We went off the dirt road as soon as we could and climbed up the rocks in the river all the way to Little Yosemite! That is the best way to do this hike if you don't mind getting a little wet; just be careful and bring a hiking buddy as some of the rocks can be pretty slippery! If you guys want a visual experience of this hike then check out MossHikes on YouTube! We filmed the whole trek so others can enjoy the journey! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK45IueG5hs&t=1s

Had a great hike here! We went off the dirt road as soon as we could and climbed up the rocks in the river all the way to Little Yosemite! That is the best way to do this hike if you don't mind getting a little wet; just be careful and bring a hiking buddy as some of the rocks can be pretty slippery! If you guys want a visual experience of this hike then check out MossHikes on YouTube! We filmed the whole trek so others can enjoy the journey! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK45IueG5hs&t=1s

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washed out
3 months ago

Pretty good hike. I actually started on High Valley Road instead and then stretched it out a bit by heading down some side trails, including Vista Grande Road. Was seeming like fairly nice, but boring, fire trail until I hit the big WARNING sign on Eagle View Trail. That starts a really nice single track section where you actually need to pay attention to where you're stepping if you don't want to go tumbling down a cliff. Coming back up High Valley Road at the end and seeing shaded picnic tables and working water fountains was a great break on a very hot day. I'd recommend this loop as a launching point for lots of little side trails that can be explored.

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