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Big Trees Loop

Intermediate
 4.4 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The BEST beginner loop at Joaquin Miller. Not much climbing and fun singletrack make this worthwhile.


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

40%

Singletrack

1,440' 439 m

High

1,267' 386 m

Low

390' 119 m

Up

390' 119 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

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Family Friendly Easy and fun, one of the best loops around with good, midly-rocky singletrack without much climbing.

Overview

Big Trees is a gem. Very flowy, but with some technical spots that will make all riders have fun. After you reach the Redwood Fern Trailhead, continue the trail on your left. At the bottom, there is a jump, so try to gather speed! The rest of it is pretty flowy without too many rocks.

Need to Know

If Sequoia Arena is gated off to cars, park at Redwood Bowl Staging Area and bike over to Sequoia Arena to start the ride.

Description

Park at the Sequoia Arena Parking Lot on Skyline Blvd. Start by heading down the paved road to Sequoia Bayview Trail. This is an easy, mostly-flat doubletrack used as a connector trail. After a couple of miles, turn left on Big Trees Trail.

The trail starts to climb, although it's not too steep and pretty short. Soon, you'll reach a huge hill covered in rocks. On the right is an easier bypass for climbing. After passing the hill, you'll shortly reach a paved road. This is a good bail-out section if the climb was too hard or rocky. If not, then continue right to the Redwood Fern Parking Lot. Follow the trail until it turns right back into the park. Drop in, and enjoy the fun downhill.

After more downhill (and some uphill), you'll reach a fork with Sequoia Bayview Trail and Palos Colorados Trail. If you are adventurous, take a shot at Palos Colorados Trail. The more recommended route, however, is turning back onto Sequoia Bayview Trail and doing Big Trees Trail again, as much as you want.

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Brady L

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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My 'home trails' are short but sweet!
Jul 24, 2015 near Piedmont, CA
'Magic Forest', in Oakland!
Jul 24, 2015 near Piedmont, CA
Misty morning at Miller Park, Saturday 9th Sept.
Sep 12, 2017 near Piedmont, CA
The appropriately named Big Trees Trail.
Mar 22, 2016 near Piedmont, CA

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