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Sunday in Sunol

The 6- to 7-mile roundtrip trek to see the view from Maguire Peaks in Sunol Regional Wilderness is challenging but rewarding. The scenery is spectacular in this remote corner of Alameda County, with rolling hills, birds, native plants, and diverse wildflowers.

From Interstate 680, take Calaveras Road to Geary Road. At the park entry, get a Welch Creek Road parking pass then return to Calaveras and go right, then right again on Welch Creek Road. Park at the 1.6-mile marker pullout. Start on Upper Maguire Peak Trail, then bear right on Maguire Peak Trail. At the Maguire Peaks Loop Trail, go clockwise (left) to circle the two peaks (the highest is 1,688 feet), which look like saw teeth from a distance.

Just after you come around the north side (about 0.8 miles into the loop trail) look for an unmarked trail going up to the right. It’s steep and about 0.5 miles to the top of the west peak but worth the effort, with amazing views of San Antonio Reservoir, the Tri-Valley area, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Return to the loop trail and continue clockwise to return the way you came. On the way home, stop at Bosco’s in the hamlet of Sunol for a cold beer. You’ve earned it.


Published online April 24, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

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