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