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Sunol Wilderness

A great way to see the East Bay hills; nature abounds just minutes from civilization

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 6.7 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Sunol Regional Wilderness will make you forget you're just five miles from the nearest Interstate highway. The 6,858-acre park in the ... more »

Tips:  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... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Spring wildflowers

Winter rains and warming spring days bring wildflowers out in abundance: California poppies, blue dicks, shooting stars and many more. The flower show presents an excellent opportunity to learn how use your digital camera's "macro" function; if the breezes cooperate and allow the flowers to stand still, you can produce surprisingly good... More

2. Flag Hill

Fit hikers like to warm up on on the leg-burning thousand-foot climb to Flag Hill, where a wonderful view of the park's terrain awaits. Many more gradual routes to the hill are available: my favorite takes Indian Joe Creek Trail to Cave Rocks Road, turns left and goes to High Valley Road till it intersects with Flag Hill Road. A left turn there... More

3. Little Yosemite

Well, it's a little like Yosemite: it has canyons, big rocks and water tumbling through them every spring. Still, this is an essential stop on a Sunol visit: just couple miles of flat walking and a chance to clamber on rocks as the Alameda Creek pours through. Banish the urge to compare it to the real Yosemite and you'll do fine.

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4. Backpack Camp

Seven small backpacking sites are tucked into a hillside at the east end of Sunol. The sites are much prized in the springtime, so you'll probably have to reserve one months in advance for weekend outings (weekdays have much greater availability).

Note the four-mile hike to the camp ends with a very steep ascent to the backpack area; it's harder... More