Sunol Regional Wilderness
This hike is best done on a cool day as there is little shade. The route is an out-and-back on Camp Ohlone Road, a wide, uneven, dirt and gravel trail. The three pedestrian gates are accessible for people using wheelchairs. There are several very steep sections on this hike. The path follows the course of Alameda Creek with a scenic view at Alameda Creek Overlook.
This hike begins at the far end of the road, past the park entrance kiosk. Go through the cattle gate at the end of the parking lot, cross the bridge, and begin following Camp Ohlone Road. Over the next mile, you’ll pass through two more gates before arriving at the Alameda Creek Overlook. There is a non-accessible vault toilet and picnic bench here. Continue on Camp Ohlone Road, heading up an incline, until you reach the park boundary. Turn around here and follow the same route back to the beginning.
Park Features: Chochenyo Ohlone-speaking Taunan peoples were this area’s first inhabitants. Later, since the 1860s, homesteaders ranched the land. Under the District's multi-use land management policy, cattle continue to graze many parts of the 6,859-acre wilderness. Today, picnicking, hiking, and backpacking attract thousands of park visitors a year. There is no drinking water in the park and poor cell phone reception.
From Fremont, drive north on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road (near the town of Sunol.)Turn right onto Calaveras Road and proceed about four miles to a left turn onto Geary Road, which leads directly into the park. (If you find yourself driving uphill on a narrow winding road you’ve missed the Geary Road turnoff.) The hike begins at the end of the road past the entrance kiosk. From the Oakland-Berkeley area, drive east on I-580 to the junction with I-680. Take I-680 south and exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the Sunol exit. At the bottom of the exit, turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed as noted above. From the Walnut Creek - Danville area, drive south on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the Sunol exit. At the bottom of the exit, turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed as noted above