Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunol Regional Wilderness Waterfalls

Our plein air painters group had planned a trip to Sunol Regional Wilderness on Saturday,
April 9th.  But the weather turned wet and gray, so painting was out of the question.  I decided to go anyway and seek out the falls along Alameda Creek, which is the main waterway for that part of the park.
The best are at a spot called "Little Yosemite," which is about a mile and a half from the nearest parking lot.  Well worth the hike! 

Above the falls runs a placid stretch of water, with very old native sycamores soaking their roots...a scene worthy of painting.
A little further down, the terrain descends suddenly and the creek drops about 100 feet, cascading over the rocks in a series of step-stone pools; this would be another great painting location, especially when the sun is out.  But in a month or two, it will dry to a trickle!