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Canyon View Trail to Little Yosemite is a 4.8 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 524 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Cave

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Scramble

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Getting There

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 hundreds of years ago. 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've got the legs and heart for a good work-out, you'll find astounding vistas when your climbing is 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).

East Bay Regional Parks page http://www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol

Trails can be quite steep, which can be as hard on knees on the way down as they are on the rest of you on the way up. Cattle are common. Generally they are harmless but keep your distance and don't scare them. Also: watch for their poop. Poison oak is common along narrow trails. Rattlesnakes often dwell in rocky areas: be extremely careful about where you put you hands, feet or fingers, especially on warm days when the snakes might be active. (I never saw a single rattler in over a dozen visits to Sunol, but that doesn't mean they aren't out there). What to bring: Sun screen -- Sunol is largely unshaded Layers and especially a wind breaker. Hiking supplies (especially water) if you're hitting the trails. Camera Binoculars

From I-680, turn off at Calaveras Road exit and turn southeast on Calaveras Road (a left turn if you're coming from Pleasanton; a right turn if you're coming from Fremont). Take Calaveras for about four miles to Geary Road, turn left and go 1.8 miles to the park entrance.

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Jerry Hom
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Hiking

Good workout hike. Views from the peaks are good. Not much to see at the far Eastern part of the trail before it reverses.

Anna Morris
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HikingNo shadeRocky
Dwight Alfaro
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Hiking

For the most scenic hike, head counter clock wise down the fire road towards little Yosemite first. Enjoy the streams and falls. The grade up this road is very mellow. Then descend looking down the canyon. But if you want more of a work out do it in the opposite as the uphill climb is more steep and significant.

talita Mo
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Hiking

Wasn’t that great for scenery. Good walk though.

Brenda Herrera
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Hiking

I enjoyed this hiking trail very much! It is labeled as “moderate” but i would say it is fairly easy for the most part. Though, there is a trail called, “cerro este” if you take that route, it will get challenging as the trail goes uphill, it will definitely make you sweat a bit, but it will be worth it. It gets busy, so I would recommend going early in the morning. There is some shade, but take lots of water and sunblock.

Chris Barney
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Luis Ayala
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Sam W.
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HikingOver grown

Slightly overgrown on the canyon view trail. But overall very pretty hike and would do it again! :)

Brooke C
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Beautiful hike out to Little Yosemite! Keep in mind there is a $5 parking fee, lots of turkeys and a picnic area near the parking lot. Went around this trail clockwise going up a good incline for about half a mile, after that the trail is mostly flat. There are spots where the trail is thin and you are walking along steep hillside, but I felt safe the whole time. There are a few short detours out to nice viewpoints, you'll hear plenty of birds, and walk past cows along the way. Once your reach Little Yosemite there are several very small waterfalls and lots of large rocks along the river to climb around on.

Jennifer User
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Hiking

We went the day after the rains, but the trails were not too bad at all. A little muddy, but since we took Canyon view trail up to McCorkle trail, heading uphill for the most part, it wasn’t too slushy. Some of the greens are turning brown, not sure if the upcoming rains will change that. Nevertheless, beautiful views, decent amount of water at Little Yosemite and a really good hike.

Hannah C
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Hiking

Fun and easy trail. Lots of cows grazing in the valleys. Little Yosemite has a little waterfall and large rocks. We went on a sunny day and while the weather was nice we were sunburnt afterwards.

Katrina Ferguson
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Hiking

Easy trail. Didn’t follow the loops. Climbed the rocks some. There wasn’t as much water as in the past. But still pretty.

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Stuti Vora
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Hiking

Pleasant trail, perfect in the winter - not a lot of shade, air had the lovely crispness. We had a gorgeous, clear day. All the hills around were very green, so definitely got to experience the beautiful views.

Sumithra Ravisunder
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Hiking

Awesome hike-except for parts where the trail was quite narrow. Can qualify for a family hike except for those narrow pathways (only briefly though).

Rashmi Raghunandan
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Angie Yang
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HikingNo shadeRocky

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!

Kristina Alvarez
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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.

Adrian Gaviola
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

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!

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Breanna Oliveros
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Hiking

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.

Moss Hikes
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Hiking

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

Deanna M.
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Little Yosemite was a cool spot!

Pratiksha Shah
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HikingOver grown

Little Yosemite side has no shade. We started at 9:30 from little Yosemite side, pretty dry this time of the year.

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