Hike: Indian Joe Nature Trail, Sunol Regional Wilderness

This lovely one-mile loop trail is one of my favorite hikes in the San Francisco East Bay to do with little kids.  My son and I hiked this regularly when he was three.  On Saturday, I walked the trail alone… a rare treat.  I enjoyed walking at my own pace, taking the time to stop and take photos along the way.  My son, now five, usually likes to “hike” here at a trail-run pace.  IMG_0266






Interested in hiking the Indian Joe Nature Trail?  The best place to begin this hike is at the Old Green Barn Visitor Center.  For those of you who like to learn about things while you hike along, I recommend you pick up the self-guided brochure for this trail.  The naturalist in the visitor center will be happy to loan you a copy.  The visitor center is open weekends, 10am-4pm.  For more information about Sunol Regional Wilderness, visit the website… www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol


  1. mmmuncy says:

    This seems to have a fairly diverse landscapes for such a short hike! That bridge is beautiful, and I love the scrubby-looking hills in the fourth photo.


    1. It really does cover a nice variety of landscape. Oak forest, a bridge over a river, green hills. That’s probably what makes it a great guided nature walk.. a lot to see in such a short distance.


  2. LB says:

    love the bridge picture!


    1. Thanks! I took about 20 photos of the bridge, but that one is my favorite.


  3. Alex Jones says:

    Looks to be a pleasant walk to connect with nature, and take time out from a fast paced life.


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