For San Francisco Bay Area hikers who prefer a local trail instead of a weekend drive to Yosemite, Sunol Regional Wilderness might be at the top of the list.
The Sunol Regional Wilderness of the East Bay Regional Parks is a local hub known for its outdoor activities. The park is home to numerous hiking trails, equestrian trails, and campgrounds, but what makes Sunol Regional Wilderness a sought-after destination for those nearby is a little piece of the park dubbed Little Yosemite.
For the avid hiker or even beginners, getting to Little Yosemite is an enjoyable hike. The wide paved trails and steady incline make it manageable for all ages. Weekdays make for great solo hike days, but even on busy weekends, the trails still maintain a peaceful feel.
On a good day at Little Yosemite, the pools beneath the mini waterfalls–connected to the Alameda Creek–are pristine and empty. But, on a hot summer weekend, the pools are most likely to be filled with people taking a dip–despite numerous signs throughout the trail expressing that swimming or wading is prohibited.
As with every hiking trail in any regional or national park, respecting the rules are of utmost importance to the preservation of natural wonders such as Little Yosemite.