Canyon View Trail to Little Yosemite

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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.

3.8 miles
429 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers



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).

12 days ago

I did this hike with a group of kids from 2 years to 16 years, all were family members, they enjoyed it very much, especially when they were at little Yosemite, climbing the rocks and trying not to fall in water made it a very fun play hour for them.
The canyon view trail to little Yosemite is not stroller friendly, however you can use stroller on the Ohlone Road to Little Yosemite.

13 days ago

2 months ago

I love this trail. it is a beautiful area and I especially love the river.

4 months ago

The view can be quite different, depending on what season you come. Today is my second hike on this trail. Too hot (there is no shade), and the hills are almost yellow. But last time I came here in November, the hills were green, with a small lake at the end of the trail. Be sure to bring lots of water! The canyon view trail is very narrow, so be careful and wear good hiking shoes.

4 months ago

We did this in early August, weather was partly cloudy so didn't get too much burned. The trail had good tree coverage and shade in the initial 1/3
This trail gains elevation in the start and then remains flat before coming down to Little Yosemite.
The return loop is on flat (boring) Ohlone Rd, so we took a right after some walking on Ohlone Rd. This meant climbing and joining the Canyon view trail and then descending back via canyon view trail.

This is lightly travelled trail, we started early, before 8 am and saw other people only around 10 am.

There is no cell reception on the trail, so download the trail map and also get offline Google maps.

We parked on left, a little before Geary Rd becomes one-way loop.

The start of trail is not very well marked, we had to cross a small wooden bridge (behind the parking spot) to find the trail head.

5 months ago

great hike & super easy. There's a little incline in the beginning, but it's basically just walking along the trail right after that. You can also just park next to Little Yosemite Falls if you don't want to do the whole trail. There's also a ton of people on the weekends, but it's still a great hike. Dogs are allowed too on a leash. I have more photos of this place on my website:

6 months ago

We actually did this hike on April 9, 2017.

Dog-friendly, relatively easy hike with smattering of wildflowers during the spring. Crowded at the beginning of the hike and at the Little Yosemite waterfall area, but otherwise the crowds were fine.

6 months ago

It was a nice easy hike with a beautiful scenery

7 months ago

nice hike along the road. the water on the falls were 5 feet to 10 feet high cascades..the pools of water were inviting. canyon view trail beautiful. a good 2 hr leisurely hike.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Easy hike with kids on a pleasant day . The water was refreshing .

8 months ago

Beautiful view and really nice cascades. Very easy hike. Just be mindful of the snake holes.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

Monday, November 21, 2016

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.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Definitely bring lots of water as it's mostly uncovered. The hike is gorgeous with its sweeping hillside. Speaking of which there's a quarry close enough to see and hear that's taken down a hill face. Unfortunate it's right on the border of the national park. The creek/falls itself are accessible by car and that means visitors that aren't accustomed to leave-no-trace ethics. I brought a garbage bag and carried out about 15 water bottles, trash, 6 pieces of clothing, a baby towel and a soccer ball out of the creek only within a hundred foot span. This is devastating to the environment. Other than that, this trail is lovely and may need to be closed to give it some time to recover human interference.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Good hike! Make sure to bring aqua shoes if you want to go all the way to where the Little Yosemite falls are. ☺️

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Everything is so green after the rains. Beautiful hike.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Moderate to strenuous trail gives you a view of canyons. Uphill ascending begins right at the start. Best to go in the mornings.

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