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Christmas Day in Sunol Regional Wilderness

Christmas Day in Sunol Regional Wilderness

The short but strong rains on Christmas Eve fueled the gushing waters of the Alameda Creek through Little Yosemite in the Sunol Regional Wilderness.

The large boulders and gushing waters reminds me of hiking through the Sierra Nevada

Along the trails to get to Little Yosemite, the nearby Calaveras Dam project is clearly visible. Slated to be completed in Spring 2019, Calaveras is the Hetch Hetchy’s largest reservoir in the Bay Area holding 96,850 acre-feet of water!

The Calaveras Damn replacement project nearing completion

Up near the Eagle View trail, the winds picked up and we spotted a couple of American Kestrels fighting the wind while hunting for insects in the grass. American Kestrels, next to the Red Tailed Hawk, are one of the most common raptors. Much smaller than hawks, they’re related to falcons with cool looking eye strips and red-blue feather colorations.

American Kestrel fighting the wind and hunting for food below

And with the moisture brought by rains, mushrooms spontaneously erupt in the shady spots around fallen trees.

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Point Pinole Essential Info


5551 Giant Highway
Richmond, CA 94806

3000 Atlas Road
Richmond, CA 94806


Nov – Feb
7am – 4pm
Mar – Apr
7am – 5pm
May – Sep
7am – 7pm
7am – 5pm


Only collected when kiosk is attended on weekends and major holidays Apr – Oct.
Car/Trailer: $3
Dogs: $2 per dog

Trail Map
Pamphlet PDF


About Point Pinole

Protruding into San Pablo bay, Point Pinole offers a pleasant space to picnic, visit the ruins of old Dynamite production facilities, fish along a well maintained pier, and take in the calming views along the Pinole shoreline.

Ample hiking trails circumscribe and criss cross the area offering differing vantages and points of interest. The best introduction is a 4.9 mile loop hike from Cook’s Point Trail, to Owl Alley, to the Bay View trail.┬áDiverse birds can be found throughout the surrounding marsh lands.

Total distance: 4.86 mi
Total climbing: 354 ft

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