Put-in: Finding a legal place to park to access the creek near Sunol seems to be the problem. Most wide spots along Niles Canyon Road have "No Parking" signs. It may be legal to stop and unload as long as the driver does not get out of the car. There is public parking two miles upstream of Sunol at the Pleasant Ridge natural area.
Take out: Niles Staging Area has 10 parking spots, one or more porta potties and a drinking fountain. From the intersection of Mission Blvd and Niles Canyon Rd travel east on Niles Canyon for 200 yards then turn right onto Old Canyon Rd. After a quarter mile turn left into Niles Staging Area.
There are public trails on both sides of the creek in Niles and a few other places to park and take out from the creek.
Other Information Sources: See also the write up by Don da Roza at the California Creeks website.
Alemeda Creek Alliance: http://www.alamedacreek.org/
East Bay Parks: Alemeda Trail: https://www.ebparks.org/parks/trails/alameda_creek/
Sediment Proposal: https://www.resilientbayarea.org/unlock-alameda-creek
Alemeda County Water District: https://www.acwd.org/354/Alameda-Creek-Fish-Passage-Related-Proje
This bridge signals that a low head dam is a quarter mile downstream.
There is a chute on river right.
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