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Best trails in Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve, California? AllTrails has 33 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 25 moderate trails in Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve 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!
Description

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

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Map of trails in Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
Park information
Acreage:
6 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Top trails (33)
#1 - Canyon View Trail to Little Yosemite
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
A great way to see the East Bay hills; nature abounds just minutes from civilization Sunol Regional Wilderness will make you forget you're just five miles from the nearest Interstate highway. The 6,8Show more
#2 - Sunol Wilderness to Mission Peak
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(158)
Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 38 m
This back-door route to Mission Peak is a wilder, quieter alternative to more popular trails This is one of the longest approaches to the Mission Peak summit and arguably the best. It starts out at tShow more
#3 - Indian Joe Nature, Indian Joe Creek, Cave Rocks Road, High Valley Road, Flag Hill Road, Flag Hill Trails
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(109)
Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
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 Show more
#4 - McCorkle Trail, Indian Joe Creek Trail, Cave Rocks Road, Vista Grande Road, and Cerro Este Road Loop
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(58)
Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 52 m
This trail takes you across rolling hills, through scattered oak woodlands, and through scenic valleys dotted with wildflowers in spring. You’ll pass the giant boulders at Cave Rocks, traverse breathtShow more
#5 - Little Yosemite
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(254)
Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Little Yosemite is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sunol, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#6 - Camp Ohlone Road to Little Yosemite, Geary Road, Backpack Road, McCorkle
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(113)
Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
This trail takes you directly to Little Yosemite. Show more
#7 - Rose Peak From Sunol
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(154)
Length: 18.6 mi • Est. 9 h 30 m
Note: The Ohlone Wildereness Trail is currently closed at ot19 (Sunol Backpack Camp. There is a $5 permit fee. Rose Peak (3,817 ft.), the highest peak in Alameda county, is remotely located in OhlonShow more
#8 - Little Yosemite via Canyon View Trail
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(206)
Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Little Yosemite via Canyon View Trail is a 3 mile out and back trail located near Sunol, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#9 - Indian Joe Creek Trail
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(138)
Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
Indian Joe Creek Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sunol, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is aShow more
#10 - Little Yosemite, Canyon View Trail, McCorkle Trail
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(141)
Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Little Yosemite, Canyon View Trail, McCorkle Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sunol, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail oShow more
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