Big Trees Trail

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Big Trees Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Novato, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

6.5 miles
1236 feet

dogs on leash



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


2 days ago

Excellent trail. Easy parking and safe feeling. Was hoping for a view to the south to see SF on summit, but mostly valley views, arguably more pretty anyways. Shady, so really good for warm days, but can be really cold feeling on colder days (62 today but felt way cooler in woods), so wear many layers if it’s below 65.

Moderate rating is accurate - steepish sections but trails are very easy to follow and well maintained. Did it in about two hours. Lots of horse manure when we went, easy for humans to dodge, no big deal, but may become frustrating if you are navigating your four legged friends who always wanna sniff around it the whole way.

Like all hiking treks, check for ticks at the end. Noticed one heading for open skin after I got into my vehicle, caught him though, no sucking on me sucker!

22 days ago

great trail easy to follow!

27 days ago

Steeper than we thought, beautiful area. Good parking.

29 days ago

Great trail with moderate switch back to the to the peak. Good work out with great views of the valley below.

29 days ago

Go when it’s a little foggy

1 month ago

Nice hike.

1 month ago

We really enjoyed this hike! Free parking on a dirt road right by the trail head. There are some pretty good up hills on the loop, and nice views throughout. Can do hiking shoes but would be okay with sneakers too. Dogs welcome. Recommend checking out Marin French Cheese Co for a post hike snack after, 15 min drive away.

4 months ago

Nice hike, lots of uphill trail, quite shady

6 months ago

Great trees. Nice hike. Great views. May need hiking sticks for safer trails but not necessary.

6 months ago

Second time hiking the Big Trees trails. Absolutely wonderful. Easy 7 mile hike. Gotta love those Redwood Trees! Great walking on a hot day. 95% is through the trees.

6 months ago

You don't really think of redwoods in Novato, but this trial changed between bay trees to redwoods to manzanita and then back to redwoods carpeted with ferns. It's a great change of atmosphere and elevation.

6 months ago

Good choice for a warm day, about 90% in the shade. Stretch it out a bit and start from the trail head at the end of center road, stay left and you'll get some nice views of Stafford Lake.

7 months ago

A great hike given the temperatures are in the mid to high 80s. In the shade virtually the entire hike 10,000 steps in 2 1/2 hours. It's all up then all down. We used walking sticks and it made for easy going the entire hike. Highly recommend using sticks. Narrow, single file path. Some redwoods, mostly oaks and bay on steep hill.

8 months ago

Hi fellow hikers! This is a wonderful trail! I'm from SoCal, so this was a great for me to walk in beautiful shaded forests! I came at the end of May, it was the tail end of the wildflower explosion, but there were still lots of colorful flowers to be seen. It starts as a continuous gradual climbing so I thought...this is easy! But towards the end it definitely got steeper. I hiked past the trees just a little to the left and came to a little redwood grove that was sprayed with pretty! (see pics). I thought it was suppose to be a loop trail but I didn't want to take a chance at not getting back to my car, so I just retraced my steps back to Vineyard. Wonderful experience! And the song birds!! omg! they were singing the whole way. I had to record them! Lol.
I only saw three other people on the trail (but it was a Monday morning) so maybe more crowded on the weekend?
I also liked that I didn't have to pay for parking!!!
Well...hope this is helpful get out there and hike! :)

10 months ago

Great hike. Second time I've done this trail and enjoyed it immensely both times. Lots of inclines and declines, variation between heavy tree cover and open spaces. Beautiful views. Only small downside is the short jaunt through the neighborhood where you have to walk a steep decline on pavement until you connect back to the vineyard road trail.

11 months ago

Great local hike. Lots of salamanders along the way. My dogs enjoyed it and we rarely ran into people. Nice views at the top and beautiful redwoods along the way.

11 months ago

Enjoyed this nice little hike in the hills near Novato. Easy parking and only ran into a few other hikers. Gradual climb to the top with some great views of the bay and surrounding hills. Lots of bugs and horse turds so watch your steps.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great hike! Great views saw 3 people the whole time. I will be back.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great Hike - TrailHead on the left (next to a house) right before you get to a dirt road - redwoods are nice (not a ton and not very large) but the views walking up are real nice. Ton of Horse stuff - pretty narrow trail and very little direct sun. We were first people on the trail at around 730 only saw one other person. Great workout and really enjoyed it

Friday, December 30, 2016

Very low traffic, nice if you want to get away from it all. At times there are horses on the trails from the stables nearby. Lots of deer on the deer camp trail in December.

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