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Canyon View Trail to Little Yosemite

MODERATE 215 reviews
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Canyon View Trail to Little Yosemite is a 4.8 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.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
524 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

cave

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

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).

hiking
12 days ago

great in spring. good for dogs. lots of flat and rocky creek access. easy climb.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike with 7 and 9 year old boys. Not too long and they loved climbing on the rocks. Does get hot out and crowded though so go early.

hiking
26 days ago

a little warm for the dog.... but a nice trail. Great falls in one section (little Yosemite)

hiking
no shade
27 days ago

We did the trail clockwise which starts with a decent incline. We liked the rolling hills to start. Little Yosemite is pretty cool, but the gravel road back was kind of lame.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Beautiful trail to hike in spring with wild flowers in bloom. The trail gains in elevation quickly at the beginning and moderate rest of the way. Little yosemite area is fun place to play in water or simply relax on the rocks, especially post rain when creek is full & waterfalls gushing with full vigor. Not a very long trail so can be done quickly. Not much shade either. Summer must be brutal in this part so would only recommend coming in spring since wildflowers and waterfalls are the highlight. Parking is plenty but its a popular park with families, hence recommended to go early or later in day. Entrance fee is $5.

1 month ago

Go early on the weekend because of parking. Also in the summer go early because it gets hot. Gorgeous in the Spring.

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! well maintained park and the trail is easy to follow . I saw a lot of birds and cows along the trail . Go early to enjoy the peace and calm that this place has to offer. It does get crowded later on the day.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this loop on Thursday March 7th at around 10am. There was no fee to park that day (their website does not agree with their schedule of fees), apparently they only charge to park on the weekend. The park representative said they now take debit for parking but I couldn’t verify that because the kiosk was closed. The park was pretty empty when I arrived (two cars besides mine) but got busier around 11:30 (about seven other cars). There are vault bathrooms at the park headquarters, at the trail head, and at little Yosemite. The hike is beautiful this time of year. Lush green hills with hilltops covered in clouds. I did the trail counterclockwise, traveling down ohlone road to little Yosemite before climbing up to canyon view trail. Going this route makes the elevation gain far less strenuous. Bring waterproof shoes as parts of the trail felt like walking through a shallow creek. Tons of birds to see, plus friendly cows dotted along the trail. This is my new favorite park and I can’t wait to try exploring further in.

hiking
2 months ago

We did a 7mi hike in the area and the view is fantastic! It is an easy hike and great place for a picnic as well. Make sure to bring enough water.

hiking
2 months ago

Good views of the stream. Little Yosemite is a nice reward after the hike. Incline can be a little strenuous. It can get crowded with other hikers. Good dog trail too.

3 months ago

Amazing trail. We went after a rainy week and the stream was amazing.

3 months ago

Great trail, gorgeous views!

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Wonderful walk for the winter (we were there in January) but there is so little shade that I am sure it would get very hot in the summer. The rapids/waterfalls are great...though the rocks are super slippery and a little but dangerous for the old and young...I’m going to go back with my camera at some point. There are several easy paths between the first part of the trail and the return leg, if you don’t want to all the way out to the W tree.

4 months ago

Creek offers a scenic streams of water

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice hike. Lots of different bird species spotted; woodpeckers, blue jays, hawks. Great views from the top of the Canyon View trail. Small trout spotted in the Calaveras Creek. We went first week of January. No rain, but somewhat windy and cold.

hiking
4 months ago

It's a very nice trail fairly easy sometimes it got a little steep but not for very long

6 months ago

Beautiful view! Very manageable by non regular hiker.

hiking
9 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
10 months ago

Climb down any access path to the rocks and walk the creek. It’s beautiful down there!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy to moderate hike, great for dogs!

hiking
11 months ago

Barely any shade on a very HOT day was a bad idea but having gone to Little Yosemite was worth it! Make sure to go clockwise as I made that mistake and had to walk another 2 miles bk to Little Yosemite which made my trip a 9 mile hike!! Best to go on this trail in spring or fall or very early morning but best to go in summer to dip in the Little Yosemite waters! Bring a towel and swimsuit. Some trails are not maintained so I suggest to wear hiking pants so you won’t feel the weeds on the path. Other that that it was a good workout!

11 months ago

walking
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

With is a very beautiful park with an awesome view. We enjoy walking with our dog.

hiking
Sunday, May 13, 2018

How to make this hike easier: go counter-clockwise to avoid the steep incline at the start of Canyon View Trail. How to make this hike more difficult: add in McCorkle Trail to Cerro Este Road. Clockwise, this only adds a bit more elevation at a fairly gradual pace. Counter-clockwise, this adds a good amount of elevation that matches about the same incline as if you started Canyon View Trail clockwise (a.k.a. it's a decent challenge). This also adds about a mile to the hike. What I Liked: The views on Cerro Este Road are really nice. I also like the trail portion of Canyon View Trail between Cerro Este and Geary Road; it's partly shaded and only lightly trafficked. It's also nice that there are several spots to get down into the water along Geary Road. Finally, if you take McCorkle Trail, that trail has some really nice views on the way to it's peak where you can see the lake in the distance. What I Didn't Like: The Geary Road portion is a road where people drive. There weren't a lot of vehicles on this portion, but a couple did pass me. Overall: It's a nice hike that's a bit strenuous. The trail goes from heavily trafficked in some parts to lightly trafficked in others. At some points, I would go half an hour and not see anyone. At others, I'd pass 5 or 6 whole families in the span of a few minutes.

hiking
Monday, April 30, 2018

Beautiful hike. Take the little detours off the side of the trail that are dirt paved - worth it! Get there early cuz it gets pretty warm with little to no shade in the beginning and end of trail. Prepare to hang out around the little Yosemite area for an hour or so! So much to climb and cross over, a lot of picture worthy spots! 5 year old, 3 year old, little dog, husband and I did it in 3.5 hours as we were taking our time. Taking lots of photos and exploring near the river. Would do the hike again! Oh and plenty of parking!

hiking
Monday, April 30, 2018

Beautiful wildflowers on the Canyon View trail. No parking fee on a weekday. However, water trucks are doing dust control on Camp Ohlone road on weekdays, and they don't turn the water off for hikers on the road. We returned via McCorkle trail rather than using the road, it was longer but more interesting. Watch for poison oak, though.

hiking
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Parking was not an issue. We left around 11 and there was plenty of parking towards the picnic area.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Great hike with waterfall in the middle

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Easy hike. Did circle from visitor center around. Would’ve rather taken the hilly walk back then the dirt road. But that’s a great option for less experience hikers.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

We went on this hike today and it was pleasant moderate hike. The hike is steeper in the beginning but becomes gradual later. Both way trip took around 2.5hrs. Would recommend going early since parking gets full.

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