Little Yosemite

Length: 4.5 miles
Time: about 2.5 hours

This hike is named for a creek with huge boulders somewhat reminiscent of Yosemite. The hike is mid level difficulty. The elevation gain is approximately 500 feet, so it is neither hard nor easy. The hike provides excellent views of the valley in addition to the chance to explore Little Yosemite.

Yellow highlighter shows the path for Little Yosemite

The hike follows the Canyon View trail up into the hills of the Sunol Regional Wilderness. The climbs are not particularly steep or long, but the path frequently cuts across steep hills. This means that a slip or trip could lead to a long, dangerous tumble or fall. This potential danger has scared more than one scout. It is important to warn younger scouts to give their full attention to the hike during these parts, and goofing around should not be tolerated.I bring a rope along (and have used it) to give scouts something to hold onto while going along steep slopes.

A path view on the Little Yosemite hike

The Canyon View trail eventually descends to the Camp Ohlone Road. At the intersection, there is an outhouse and Little Yosemite.

Scouts exploring the rocks of Little Yosemite

Where to Meet

Because there are two trail trekkers at the Sunol Regional Wilderness, there is a separate page covering the meeting place.

When to Start

In the winter months, they close the park earlier, so you need to start by 1pm. Sometimes I start at 2pm, and it usually takes me about 2.5 hours.


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