Big Trees>Sequoia-Bayview>Big Trees Trail
Length: Approx. 1.6 miles
Elevation Gain: Approx. 230 ft
This loop is almost entirely shaded, and relatively short and easy. This is a perfect hike for a hot summer day. You can park at Redwood Bowl or at the pullout across from it (off of Skyline Blvd). The entire hike is about 1.6 miles with 230 feet of elevation gain. The hike starts off descending gently through the Redwoods, and several switchbacks through fern-lined trails. You'll head downhill and hug the road near another entrance. From here, you'll walk on the relatively flat Sequoia-Bayview Trail, which is surrounded by redwoods. You'll pass a couple seasonal waterfalls (in winter), and snake around the hillside. At one point you'll even have a glimpse of SF and the Bay Bridge. The trail continues around the hillside, and then abruptly takes off up the hill via the Big Trees Trail. From here, you'll climb a short but steep rocky section, and emerge once again on a relatively flat trail lined with Redwoods. It's a short walk from here back to where you parked. You can easily extend this loop and make a more strenuous hike by adding Palos Colorados Trail or Sunset Trail.