Sunol Regional Wilderness park is under the East Bay Regional Park Districts 6,859-acre wilderness. The park consists of many activities such as camping, hiking, picnicking, back-packing and equestrian trail rides that bring thousands of visitors each year. To stay hydrated, visitors should always carry bottled waters since there is no drinking water in the park.
The staff members of the park provides additional opportunities for visitors to enjoy the park by leading nature hikes and coordinator special programs. In addition, they also have classes on natural and cultural history to children that meet State Science and Social Science Curriculum Standards during the school year.
Features of the Park
- Animals – Some of the animals visitors will see are ground squirrels, skunks, black-tailed deer, yellow-billed magpies and red-tailed hawks. Occasionally mountain lions may roam around the park but it will be rare. Along the Alameda creek, birds that are most sighted are black phoebe, turkey vulture, golden eagle and acorn woodpecker.
- Geology – Interestingly, there has been indication that the land had a turbulent past. Exploration will reveal sandstone outcrops with fossils deposited in what was once ancient seabed. Rock climbers may experience the challenge with the massive basalt outcrop.
- Little Yosemite – Just about two miles from the visitor center, the gorgeous Little Yosemite is open to the public. Please abide by the boundary signs and do not trespass onto Water Department lands that are not part of the lease arrangement.
- Ohlone Wilderness Trail – Hikers who cross into the San Francisco Water Department lands that connect Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness and Del Valle Regional Park must carry the Ohlone Wilderness Trail map/permit. Each person age 12 years or older is required to have their own permit. Hikers must sign in at trailheads as they enter these lands.
With all the amazing parks and preserves in the bay area, Sunol Regional Wilderness is definitely top rated. Sunol is a large protected parcel of land, with a plethora of plant communities, and plenty of trails through varied terrain. Many of the trails seem to be slightly tougher than average, making Sunol an appropriate destination for long, challenging hikes. The preserve also abuts Ohlone Regional Wilderness, a rugged chunk of land perfect for weekend backpacking expeditions.
Inside Sunol, there are plenty of loop hikes, but if you haven’t visited the preserve before, consider choosing a medium-length trek. The steep trails can really wear you out, especially in the summer, when Sunol gets seriously hot. A popular loop combines Canyon View Trail with Camp Ohlone Road, an under 3-mile jaunt that visits the Little Yosemite Area.
This is definitely the perfect destination for anyone who enjoys the outdoors!!!
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