60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Fifty-seven
What it's like:
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Sunol's Flag Hill
Sunol is a paradise of rolling hills, creeks, and fascinating rock outcrops. This loop is only 4 miles, but there is considerable elevation change. Be sure to bring plenty of water, as there is none at the trailhead.
Golden sycamores glow along Indian Joe Creek Trail, and up on the high ridges grassland is bleached blond and valley oaks are shedding their leaves.
If you can't make it this week:
Spring at Sunol is hard to beat, but beware in winter when cows can muck up trails.
Once we get some rain, consider visiting the Little Yosemite area of Sunol. It's an easy hike to a pretty little waterfall rushing down Alameda Creek.
Sunol is hike number 34 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition). Read about this hike on BAHiker.
Just a few miles east of US101 near Windsor, Foothill Regional Park is an ideal dog-friendly destination for an easy autumn hike.
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