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Sunol Regional Wilderness

Sunol Regional Wilderness

1895 Geary Rd.
Sunol, CA 94539

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Description

Sunol Regional Wilderness has been occupied for hundreds of years. First it was occupied by Native Americans as evidenced by pestle and mortar artifacts, then it was occupied by ranchers, and now the 6,859 acre wilderness is open to the general public. Today, camping, picnicking, hiking, back-packing and equestrian trail rides attract thousands of park visitors a year. Beware that you should bring your own drinking water- a good rule of thumb is three quarts per person per day- because there is no drinking water in the park.

Some highlights of Sunol Regional Wilderness include the Old Green Barn Visitor Center where you can find information about Naturalist-led programs and the start of the self guiding Indian Joe Nature Trail; Alameda Creek, Alameda County's largest stream, which has an inviting creek side community of alder, willow and sycamore trees; meadows that are blanketed with wildflowers, including California poppies, mustard, goldfields and lupines, turning vast areas yellow, orange and blue in the spring; a large basalt outcrop at Indian Joe Cave Rocks which provides sport and challenge to rock climbers; and the beautiful Little Yosemite Falls found along the Canyon View Trail, which is bursting with water during the spring and a lot closer than the real thing.

Ground squirrels, yellow-billed magpies and red-tailed hawks share this wilderness with raccoons, skunks and black-tailed deer. Mountain lions are uncommon, but are occasionally sighted. Birding is superb along Alameda Creek with acorn woodpecker, black phoebe, titmouse, turkey vulture, and golden eagle commonly sighted. As many as 20 to 40 bird species are often seen in a single morning.

Park Features

  • Type - Regional Park
  • Play Area- No
  • Bathrooms - Yes
  • Camping Allowed - Yes
  • Parking Lot - Yes

Parking Fee

(Check with park)

  • $5.00

Admission Prices

(Check with park)

  • Child - none
  • Adult - none
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