San Francisco: Indian Joe Trail Loop

As you hike this 6.3-mile route, check out a small, Yosemite-type gorge tucked beneath the vibrantly blooming hills of Sunol Regional Wilderness.
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As you hike this 6.3-mile route, check out a small, Yosemite-type gorge tucked beneath the vibrantly blooming hills of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

Mapped by Dave Miller

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.2

Waypoints

IJL001

Location: 37.5153007507324, -121.830673217773

Head N, cross footbridge, then R onto Canyon View Trail where path follows Alameda Creek. Watch for wild turkeys

IJL002

Location: 37.5157890319824, -121.830001831055

Bear R; continue along creek

IJL003

Location: 37.5140800476074, -121.827903747559

Stay R, then L onto Indian Joe Creek Trail to begin ascent; cross creek several times

IJL004

Location: 37.5132598876953, -121.82559967041

Stay L @ T, then enter cattle gate. Sycamores, maples, CA bays line trail

IJL005

Location: 37.5237197875977, -121.818000793457

R @ T through old oaks and wildflowers (poppies, lupine, wild mustard)

IJL006

Location: 37.5247993469238, -121.817497253418

On L, jumbled basaltic outcrop of Cave Rocks boasts 22 technical routes

IJL007

Location: 37.5265617370606, -121.816200256348

R onto Cave Rocks Rd., then steep 500-ft. climb to Cerro Este Rd.?s views

IJL008

Location: 37.5244483947754, -121.812797546387

Straight @ T

IJL009

Location: 37.5187110900879, -121.809898376465

Cerro Este Overlook: Hike?s high point looks over glittering San Antonio Reservoir and wrinkled foothills of Sunol Regional Wilderness. To continue, go R @ T, downhill

IJL010

Location: 37.5153694152832, -121.810401916504

Stay R @ T, staying on Cerro Este Rd.; in .2 mi., turn L @ T

IJL011

Location: 37.5071792602539, -121.81420135498

Go L, then R, crossing Canyon View Trail back into heavier foliage; turn L @ spur trail to Camp Ohlone Rd. toward Little Yosemite Area

IJL012

Location: 37.5054702758789, -121.814796447754

Little Yosemite: Scenic, misty gorge on Alameda Creek where small waterfall drops into boulder-framed pools

IJL013

Location: 37.5083808898926, -121.82869720459

Continue on Ohlone Rd. Cross bridge over Alameda Creek and return .6 mi. on road back to trailhead