Sunol is a small town in Alameda County, and a great spot to take Your dog for a fun day out adventuring and exploring. The small rural town runs along Niles Canyon and is known mainly for their historical railroad system which is now a tourist attraction called the Niles Canyon Railway. Sunol is named in honor of Antonio Sunol who was the town’s first postmaster and part owner Rancho Calle de San Jose and their first post office opened in 1871.
Due to Sunol being such a small town, there are no veterinarians located within its borders, but there is a plethora of veterinarians in the bigger towns surrounding Sunol that are happy to treat your pup. Sunol is surrounded by beautiful mountains and parks, which gives your dog get opportunities to run around and explore. Check out the Sunol Regional Wilderness which is a 6,859-acre park with a variety of different terrain and has great scenic views, perfect for hiking with your dog.
If Sunol is too small for your dog to enjoy, you are just a jump away from both Pleasanton and San Jose. Both are filled with plenty of dog-friendly activities that your pup will enjoy doing with you.
The Sunol neighborhood is home to the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. This pawesome park allows your dog to run around off-leash and explore all the great trails throughout the park. The hike is about 8-miles long with little shade, so make sure you bring plenty of water for Fido, and maybe even a hat. The hike is mainly uphill, and once you reach the top, there is a water fountain. Restrooms are located at the bottom. The park is usually frequented by bikers, so be careful and pay attention so your pup stays safe. The trail is mainly dirt and rock, so check your dog’s paws when you stop to make sure they aren’t getting sores.
This neighborhood is a great spot to go hiking with your dog and enjoy the beautiful views of the Bay Area. Kilkare Woods offers one of the smaller hikes that you can do in Sunol, ranging right under 4 miles. The hike is a little bit of a steep one that reaches an elevation of 1,617, but your dog will love the climbing and its a great way to burn off some excess energy. The park isn’t shaded very well, so make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog, and some clean-up bags. Always make sure to be on the lookout for wild animals since this is a secluded area.
Fremont is only ten minutes away from Sunol, and a great spot to take your dog to visit the Fremont Central Park Dog Park. This dog park is one-acre of awesome off-leash dog fun that has a double gate access point to keep your pup safe. The park has a large and small dog side, and both parks feature grass for optimal fetching. The park has benches for relaxing, clean-up bags, doggie water fountains, and a pavilion to keep shaded when it gets extra hot. If you wanted to get in some exercise with your dog, the inside of the park has a walking path around it that your dog can follow you along on.
The Vineyards-Avalon neighborhood in Fremont is just a freeway ride away from Sunol, and is home to a fierce hike your dog is dying to take. The Mission Peak Regional Preserve is home to the Mission Peak Hike, a 6-mile uphill hike that will give you a gorgeous view of the Bay Area. Your dog can hike with you if he stays on leash. You can do the hike one of two ways; there's an out and back trail which means you turn around at the top and come back the way you came, or a loop going up one way and down another. At the top of Mission Peak is an awesome totem pole you can take a picture with, just note that it is very steep and rocky at the top. Also be aware that cows are always in this area.
If you are traveling in or out of Sunol, then make sure to stop in Pleasanton for some awesome food that you and Fido can enjoy together. Downtown Pleasanton is known for their dog-friendly atmosphere and restaurants that are chill with your dog coming with you. Be sure to stop by Gay 90s for some great pizza or Italian food. McKay’s Taphouse and Beer Garden offers you samplings of local beer and has a backyard beer garden that is dog-friendly. If the two of you are craving seafood, then stop by Tomo Sushi Bar and Grill. All three restaurants are super dog-friendly and even offer water to all their dogs who stop by.