Looking for a great trail in Sunol Regional Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 23 moderate trails in Sunol Regional Wilderness ranging from 2.5 to 18.5 miles and from 403 to 3,812 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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. These lands have been ranch lands since the early 1800s. Today, camping, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, and equestrian trails attract thousands of visitors every year. Little Yosemite is a scenic gorge on the creek. Cave Rocks provides a challenge to rock climbers. 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) Fees: Parking: $5/seasonal, weekends and holidays. $4/trailered vehicle. $25/bus. Dogs: $2/dog; guide/service dogs free

I believe this is one of the best hikes in the Bay Area! It is a steady uphill to Mission peak and definitely a good workout but it is nicely managed, has a bathroom and picnic benches near the peak, and is super dog and hiker friendly. For anyone looking for a leas crowded route to Mission Peak and up for a little workout, this is your trail.

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blowdown
no shade
rocky
9 days 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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no shade
over grown
9 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

First hike with Tony

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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2 months ago

Nice enough hike. It's all fire trail, which I guess was a nice break after the massive poison oak exposure I just recovered from after hiking in Las Trampas. The northeast section of the loop with the view of the reservoir was a nice surprise. NOTE: I first started at the "upper maguire peaks trail" entry point. I DO NOT ADVISE THIS. The trail seems to be crumbling on the side of a steep cliff.

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no shade
2 months ago

Great trail but be careful in the summer. It is HOT! We got there at 7:00 not knowing that the park opens at 8:00am. There’s a gate you have to drive through to the park. Luckily the ranger got there at 7:30 and we drove in. You’ll want to drive in as far as possible as that’s where the trail begins. After about 2 miles on a gravel road, you’ll turn left up a steep hill for another few miles. The views are beautiful and no doubt even more beautiful in the spring. We ran into some cows which was a bit scary (boyfriend says they were not scary), but passed without issue. The trail was very nice and easily marked. We keep the AllTrails App open which is easy to follow with the GPS. Some steep parts which make going up/down difficult, but nice overall. Make sure to bring lots of water in the summer. We completed the trail including breaks in about 7.5 hours.

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no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Little Yosemite was a cool spot!

Great trail although we could not finish it, the peak height of this trail takes you through some sketchy spots. We saw a lot of folks w kids and dogs turning back also. Will try again with more appropriate gear

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no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I recommend to extend this hike a bit and go to Little Yosemite Area, which is just 15 min down road from Cerro Este and McCorkle Trail Junction. This is the only way to see and enjoy some flowing water on otherwise very dry, hot and sunny hike, at least at this time of the year. Either way, this hike offers truly great views, you have a great chance to see some wildlife, mostly bids, and... well, a lot of cows. Remember, overall distance is almost 10 km with 500 m elevation gain, so start as early as possible to get some shade and complete a part of it when air temperature is still low.

Picked this trail for my family's first backpacking trip. The fire road portion of the incline is a great test when carrying all your gear. Once you're beyond that, the dirt trail mellows out. Eagle Spring Backpack Camp has everything you need: running water (bring a filter), each site has a picnic table, sites 1-3 each have a couple trees each (site 4 is under a much larger tree - reserve that one if you can), a large porta-potty, and a great view of Livermore. The final ascent to Mission Peak is short from that point.

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no shade
3 months ago

This was a ver LONG hike!!! We left at 8:30am and finish at 5:30pm! We should have brought double the water, thank goodness for having a water purifier my husband had brought! We took a few wrong turns and hike almost 22miles. Phone died should brought my portable phone charger! Would love to do this hike again in early spring with hills and mountains are green and rivers flowing!!!’

hiking
3 months ago

challenging trail with lots of uphill in the beginning.

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