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Canyon View Trail to Little Yosemite

MODERATE 167 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

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

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'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).

hiking
6 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to moderate hike, great for dogs!

hiking
1 month 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!

walking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Great hike with waterfall in the middle

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail along grassy hills to creek with waterfall.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy walk on the path to see the waterfalls. Next time I would love to go further into the hills into actual hiking trails. The main fire road was packed and people were everywhere on the falls. Many people don’t know how to respect nature. It was actually kind of sad. Beautiful place being ruined my uneducated people.

hiking
5 months ago

A nice little hike done in the early days of the regional park, around 1970!

hiking
6 months ago

nice hike. Not too hard but not super easy either.

hiking
6 months ago

The little Yosemite Area may not have as much water/waterfalls as expected or as shown in pictures. If you go in with the expectation of seeing something like yosemite, you’re bound to be a bit disappointed: We went recently in December and it was a bit of a disappointment in terms of what we expected versus what we saw.

Having said that, it is a BEAUTIFUL hike and it was quite green when we went. It has some great views of hills as well as plains. Go with the right mindset of enjoying nature and you’ll have a great time!

6 months ago

Cool clear day for an easy stroll.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 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.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

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: www.momentswithkc.com

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

It was a nice easy hike with a beautiful scenery

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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.

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