Canyon View Trail to Little Yosemite is a 3.8 mile lightly 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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 6,858-acre park in the East Bay hills north of Silicon Valley has rolling hills, heart-healthy trails, remarkable rocks and abundant wildlife. To go there is to see what this part of California looked like before all the white people showed up. Sunol is best suited for hikers, birders and naturalists, though the large corral near the park HQ attracts a fair number of equestrians. There are no easy paths to the tall hills surrounding the HQ, but if you're got the legs and heart for a god work-out, you'll find astounding vistas when your climbing''s done. Winter and spring are the best times to go. It gets a bit too hot in July and August, but early autumn is a great time to see randy tarantulas on the hunt for mates (oddly enough, a spider the size of your fist in the wilderness is not nearly as frightful as the one the size of a dime in your bathroom).
Really great hike! There was some storm damage in the first part, so we went up Indian Joe trail, which is a bit more uphill at the beginning. The first half is uphill up on the ridge in the hills. Then you come down hill to the falls, and the rest of the way back is a wide flat gravel road back to the parking lot. If you didn't want that part, you could turn around at the falls and do an out and back.
Very nice and fun trail as described here. we went right after some good winter rains and the creek was gushing with water we had good fun on this easy trail on an afternoon and our dog enjoyed playing in the water as well.
As a part of our Sunol Regional Wilderness Loop Hike (8.5 miles), we started at the Indian Joe Creek Trailhead, then we turned to Canyon View Trail, continued onto Camp Ohlone Road, Geary Road, Backpack Road, McCorkle Trail, Eagle View Road, Cave Rocks Road and finally returned to Indian Joe Creek Trail to complete the loop. This hike was an 8.5-mile loop hike (4.5 hours) with a total ascent of 1,900 feet. The scenery was fantastic.
Really enjoyed doing the hike but the highlight to this one was getting off in the creek near Little Yosemite and scrambling over the large granite boulders in the dry creek bed. I always wanted to do the backpacking hikes in Sunol but never made the time.