Big Canyon Trail

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Big Canyon Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Carlos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles
351 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

Big Canyon is an out and back style trail with a small loop option. As you hike, keep your eyes out for a plethora of native plants and animals (be aware of poison oak!) The trail is well marked and easy to follow except where it merges with or departs from jeep roads. Look for orange surveyors tape, orange stakes, orange pipes, or orange discs in such places.After 172 feet, the trail bears to the right, away from the main jeep road, which goes to the site of a house which used to stand there.The trail then crosses a little seasonal stream in a shady place with ferns, then crosses over to another drainage with oak trees and Poison Oak.(Dont touch the Poison Oak which has clusters of 3 green or red leaves.)

2 months ago

No matter what trail I choose to hike, it all seemed to be uphill of some sort. I'd estimate 70% of the hike is uphill. The views are ok. You can see the San Mateo bridge. I like the shaded spots. Plenty of those. The hiking trails are narrow but it helped the trails weren't crowded. The parking is all neighborhood parking. Be prepared if it's crowded.

4 months ago

Better for hiking not trail running.

5 months ago

Nice little hike. The far end of the trail where you make a u-turn is very scenic. The switch backs near the beginning of the hike are a little confusing as there are so many different paths.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monday, March 18, 2013

Eaton provides a nice hike with beautiful views of the bay, and even San Francisco. I learned what Poison Oak looks like because of the massive amount of it. Dog friendly, but our dog brought home a tick (there are warning signs). Trails are narrow and there are steep stairs at the end of Eaton Park. Must cross busy Brittan Ave with no crosswalk to access Big Canyon. At Big Canyon, came across off-leash dogs with owners nearby. Nice canyon views at BC, but narrow trails. If these parks were in my backyard or within walking distance, I would frequent them, but think I'll stick with Pulgas for now. If you're bringing your dog, bring a flea/tick comb to brush him afterward. And read up on what poison oak looks like.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Friday, August 03, 2012

I took the Eaton park way and it was mostly up hill. Not a bad hiking spot, but it didn't seem like it was 2 miles when hiking up. If your looking for a quick up hill hike, I'd come here.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

trail running
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Started at the Eaton Ave. trailhead, which meant it was mostly uphill from there. I made my way around the north side of the hill and then descended the trail to the Big Canyon Park area. There are some fairly steep stairs at this point. The Big Canyon section shows signs of a new trail being added, although overall Big Canyon Park is mostly a way of getting a nice view of the neighborhood as the new trail is basically wedged between two housing tracts. I made my way back to Eaton Park and decided to climb to the vista, where I also found a way to the very steep Loma Road trailhead. There's a great view up there and it's definitely worth checking out up there.

The trails looks decently maintained, although the switchbacks show signs of people taking the steep shortcuts up, making them somewhat unsightly. There are also a lot of unmarked trails, so keep that in mind as you try to stay on the mail trails. The wooded sections of the park are nice, and stairs help make the steeper portions easier to traverse. I wouldn't really recommend this park if you're interested in seeing flora and fauna, but it's a nice place to get some exercise and a good view. Also, someone built some dirt bike ramps near the Eaton Ave. trailhead if you're interested in that, although I wouldn't recommend the rest of the trails for bikers unless you can fly over stairs.