Address: 1895 Geary Road, Sunol, CA Parking: $5 per vehicle (seasonal/weekends/holidays), $2 per dog Hours: 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Extended hours Feb 1-Mar 8: to 6 P.M., Mar 9-May 8: to 8 P.M., May 9- Nov. 1: to 9 P.M. Type: Hike (moderate) Regulations: Dogs allowed off-leash in undeveloped areas Best time to visit: Spring, winter, fall; trails can be very hot in summer CAUTION: You may encounter grazing cattle on some trails. Keep your dog nearby as cattle can stampede.
Description: This is a nearly 7,000 acre park with views of the Calaveras Reservoir, the San Antonio Reservoir and Mt. Diablo, Some of the trails run streamside, through meadows, and along the ridge. This park has giant Oaks and interesting geology. I enjoy taking the Canyon View Trail to "Little Yosemite," a gorge with beautiful, small waterfalls, about 2.5 miles there and back. If you're looking for something challenging, the Flag Hill Trail is a 1.3 mile steep trail with views of the park and Calaveras Reservoir. You can hike along the ridge and have the option to take a number of trails back.