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Best trails in San Carlos

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Looking for a great trail near San Carlos, California? AllTrails has 5 great walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Tamalpais State Park or Castle Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like West Waddell Creek State Wilderness or Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in San Carlos ranging from 0.7 to 2.9 miles and from 262 to 652 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in San Carlos
Top trails (5)
#1 - Big Canyon Trail
Big Canyon Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
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.)Show more
#2 - Hassler Loop Trail
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 47 m
#3 - Eaton Trail
Eaton Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 49 m
#4 - Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#5 - Filoli House and Garden Trails
Filoli Historic House and Gardens
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=208): Filoli Historic House & Gardens is a 654–acre property, including a 54,000 square foot Georgian country house and spectacular 16–acre English Renaissance garden. The name Filoli comes from combining the first 2 letters of the original owner, William Bourn’s credo “FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a good life.” Start at the visitor and education center where you can pick up a self-guided tour brochure, watch a short orientation film, and view rotating art exhibits. There’s also a small café and patio where you might be visited by the resident peacock. Scheduled guided tours leave from the visitor center. The House is an interpretive museum showcasing an extensive collection of 17th and 18th century English antiques. Only thefirst floor of the house is open to the public. There is a ramped entry at the south end of the house. It’s easy to move about the interior in a wheelchair although some thresholds between rooms may be problematic for some. Outdoors many of the paths through the formal gardens are accessible. The visitor map identifies wheelchair accessible routes and whether they are gravel or paved paths. Accessibility: There is firm, designated van-accessible handicapped parking in the parking lot. The garden is a succession of garden rooms containing parterres, terraces, lawns, and pools arranged between two parallel north-south walks. Only the perimeter walkway around the northwest and southwest terraces are paved or brick. Pathways on the perimeter of the gardens are firm packed dirt & gravel but the interior paths are too narrow for most wheelchairs and some have steps. You will still get good views of the entire garden, which at different seasons offer different experiences. Interior paths are less than 3 feet wide. Some of the short ramps connecting pathways may be greater than 5%. There is one steep section at the start of the Woodland Garden. There is no accessible route to reach the Estate Trail, a dirt, one-mile loop that takes you through the field and to Red Barn. The Visitor Center and the restrooms inside the Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible. The two unisex, single-user restrooms located in the house are not designated as accessible but may be useable for some. There’s no grab bars but the room is spacious. Show more