Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Canyon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This area isn't bad, but it's also not great. I think if you live in this area, this is a nice place to go when you want to get out and don't have a lot of time. I'm a bit further out, so I doubt I'll be back. The trails are okay, pretty moderately trafficked. You'll see hikers, bikers, and a good number of dogs (that are of leash). The views at the top along Volcanic Trail are also okay - they're a nice little bonus if you're just out here for the activity, but I wouldn't count them as a draw to come here.

Biggest issue: very limited parking.

Spring hiking

Beautiful hike! Took Top Loop to Volcanic loop, with a detour to the frog ponds. Been seeing some rain so everything was a beautiful green with the yellow tree blossoms. Mostly flat with some fun scrambles up steep hillsides for some stellar views!

Just did this hike today; it was the perfect length for a nice Sunday stroll. I highly recommend doing it while the hills are green and lush from the winter rain (see the pics I uploaded). Don't wear nice sneakers if it just rained though; they will get muddy!

Beautiful country side. Mostly open trails, not paved. Everyone is in a great mood, even the dogs are friendly.

I’d recommend clockwise first to knock out the big hill early. You’ll be able to take advantage of the shade alongside the lake on your way back. Quiet and far fewer people than Redwood.

3 months ago

We did the loop counter-clockwise which put the big hill about 4.5 miles into the hike. I would recommend tackling that early. Beautiful views of the reservoir.

Fun, easy hike. A little bit of an incline at the end that makes it more fun! Partially paved, mostly gravel. On a hot day wear a hat!

Beautiful trails, beautiful views, you couldn’t ask for anything more when hiking here!

awesome trail, a little muddy but overall I would do it again

hiking
3 months ago

my 1st ever hike. it was cold @ 8 am but the beautiful views along with my music in my ears made it all worth it & that much easier. I'd definitely do this hike again. I finished in 2 hours & 5 minutes.

Nice hike. Cold morning. Suggest going clockwise to hit the hill first to warm up.

Awesome hike and the views are amazing!!!

Amazing views of rolling hills!

trail running
4 months ago

Can I do Kayak?

Great for trail running. Started at Bort Meadows. Round trip to Skyline takes about 5 hrs which includes missing a trail. Coming back in the Golden Spike trail cutoff is not marked. Beautiful scenery. Good hills with mix of shade and being in the sun.

Nice 3 hr hike. Only challenging bit is the climb up between ridges.

Awesome views

hiking
11 months ago

Some serious gains in elevation if you start in a clockwise manner heading towards Canyon and not the reservoir.
Would be nicer without the bleating and moaning of a bunch of cows stuck in a pen.

This is a nice local hike that allows dogs off-leash. There's minimal to no cover, so wear sunblock and bring a hat. Also, because of the cows you will more than likely encounter your fair share of pies and flies. I would recommend this trail if you're looking for a good spot to run your pup. It is best hiked in the winter/spring months when the fields are lush and you don't have to worry about the heat.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is a good length and the right balance of hills and flat portions. However, it is not the right hike for a hot sunny day. There is barely any shade, and the area gets quite warm. We lathered ourselves with sunscreen every hour and still ended up suffering from the sun.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Not the prettiest hike, but definitely gave us a work out. The trail is not well marked and does not have much shade so definitely wear sunscreen! You are also supposed to have a permit but we risked it anyway and did not get ticketed. We did leave with some ticks tho... would not recommend this trail.

One of the best loops in the East Bay. Love it.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Soooo pretty!

A good trail. It was pretty trafficked near the beginning and ends, but the middle section was very nice, and more trail-ish than fire road-ish. It was probably busier than normal because it was Easter weekend.

Good, solid hike. We did 3 of 4 summits, enjoyed the wildflowers. The views are nice but nothing breathtaking.

mountain biking
Monday, March 20, 2017

As the name suggests, this is the section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail that goes from Skyline Gate to Macdonald Gate. There are two other trails on All Trails that you can append to this trail if you're feeling ambitious: Tilden to Skyline and Macdonald to Proctor. Of course, with it being point to point you will need to make provisions for the return trip.

I biked this trail. West Ridge from north to south is a lot of fun on a mountain bike. The reverse is difficult because you have to make the climb from the redwood gate. You're not supposed to take bikes on Toyon trail as it is narrow and has a few series of steps, but I didn't see anyone on this trail and it wasn't very difficult.

If you follow the track, you will exit Golden Spike trail and arrive at Big Bear Staging area on Redwood Road. There is a trail that then connects to Macdonald gate; you don't have to walk/bike on Redwood Road like the track suggests.

I biked back to Redwood Gate and took Canyon and East Ridge trails to get back to the Skyline Gate. There is a big slide on East Ridge close to Skyline Gate right now, but you are able to get around it.

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