Big Trees Trail

MODERATE 163 reviews
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Big Trees Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily 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.

6.2 miles
1,250 feet

dogs on leash


horseback riding

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


11 days ago

Beautiful trail among riparian trees. Parts of the trail were wet due to recent rains. But I will definitely come back again.

27 days ago

Very dense trees in some places. Also wet because of rains last week .

1 month ago

Very nice hike. There are not many views, but the forest is very diverse and looks great.
I went on a rainy Sunday, started at 8am. I haven’t met anybody until 10.30am. The full loop took me about 3 hours.
The parking is on the street, there is plenty.
The hike is steep at times, but overall I’d rate it as moderate.
I haven’t seen any wildlife except for birds and lizards. I saw many lizards were right on the trail. They move slowly (not your mountain lizards), so need to watch out not to step on them.
The hike is very green overall. There is a lot of shade. Very pretty and relaxing.
I think it’s a great hike in the woods, just 1 hour from San Francisco. Highly recommended.

1 month ago

1 month ago

This trail was beautiful! I'm not from the area and was surprised at how lush and green it was. I wrote a more in depth review here

over grown
2 months ago

Billions of ticks and views mostly blocked by trees. There are many many many better trails in Novato, and I’ve never not given a trial 5 stars.

4 months ago

Nice trail lots of shade not too steep and very safe even OK for the older kids

5 months ago

Nice and shady - beautiful redwoods and firs.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike; most of it is shaded which is nice on a hot day, steady elevation, easy parking and easy to follow. One thing though is there are no bathrooms so plan accordingly :)

7 months ago

Great for trail running

8 months ago

Loved this loop. Steady elevation gain w/no super steep areas, lovely shade through stands of oaks and redwoods. Easy parking along the side of the road where pavement turns to dirt. A bit of a hidden gem.

8 months ago

What a surprise! Equal to the best trails in Marin and Sonoma counties. Misty day, but a great showcase for the Redwoods and ferns that dominated the trail. Will be hiking the trail again on a hot, sunny day just to enjoy the contrast.

9 months ago

loved it! beautiful and shady. it was a gradual climb to the top so not too bad. the trail at times gets pretty small. but a beautiful place!

9 months ago

Took the dogs around the lower loop, “lower” being relative at 1200 ft... lol. Great gradual hike with well maintained switchbacks. The Redwoods coming down over the mountain into the Novato valley are a great treat to eventually see on your way to the top. Looking forward to doing the upper loop next time!

9 months ago

This was so moderately perfect!!!!! Gorgeous! Everything is in bloom. Wonderful hike

10 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views! The trail was well marked, we followed the map in the post and had no problems using the trail markers. There is some wildlife on the trail, we saw a coyote. Enjoy!

11 months ago

Great trail, took a picture of the map located at the trailhead, well marked easy to follow directions, shaded with big trees for majority of the hike. Muddy today but no big deal, still enjoyed this quiet hike.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

great trail easy to follow!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Steeper than we thought, beautiful area. Good parking.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Go when it’s a little foggy

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Nice hike.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Nice hike, lots of uphill trail, quite shady

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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.

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