One of my favorites!

When the water is flowing in the spring, Little Yosemite is a site to behold! Even when the water level is low, it’s find to explore the boulders of the creek bed. This park feels more remote than some of the others in the East Bay. In the spring, the green hills are so beautiful. Flowers blooming everywhere. The smell of blooming buckeyes in the air. There has been ongoing construction on a nearby dam, which can be seen a bit during the hike. A bit of an eye sore, but still a hike worth hiking. There are multiple trails you can take to modify the hike and make it harder/longer. A good hike for some kids.

Love this trail!

You can make this an even four miles if you park in the Black Diamond Mines dirt lot just before the turn into Contra Loma. Once you’ve parked, just turn left once you go walk through the gate. Follow that straight through the next trail junction. Loops back around to that same trail junction.