A Saturday Stroll through San Juan Canyon

San Juan Canyon Trail, Belmont, CA

If you are looking for a good, little hike on the Peninsula with your pooch, check out San Juan Canyon. It is located in the city of Belmont off of San Juan Boulevard.  The easiest way to get there is to take Ralston Avenue to Cipriani.  Go north on Cipriani and make an immediate left on San Juan Boulevard.  After about a mile, San Juan Boulevard dead-ends at Laurel Creek Road.  Turn left and park immediately along the road.  The trail starts at the unpaved continuation of East Laurel Creek Road.  Access is also available off Marsten Avenue.  For maps and more information go to the website for the San Juan Canyon Preservation Trust

View from the San Juan Canyon Trail
My dog, Bucky, and I hit the trail this afternoon and found it delightful.  It is an easy hike on a path shaded with trees.  You can make it into a more strenuous hike if you choose to climb the Sugarloaf Mountain path.  The hike is 1.5 miles and takes about an hour.  It will take significantly longer if you include the trail to Sugarloaf.  We strolled leisurely and it was a nice way to spend the afternoon.  We only passed two other people on the trail so it seems it in a hidden gem in the city.  I would not feel safe going alone since there are so few people there. 
Sugarloaf Mountain, Belmont, CA

Above is a picture of the trail to Sugarloaf Mountain.  I chose not to push myself.  The path looked pretty steep and intense.  I am sure there are amazing views from the top.  All of the paths allow dogs on leash.  Although I didn’t see any, there was evidence of horses being on the trail and I saw some stables off one of the paths. 

Bucky and I had a great time today on the trail.  My only warning is that the trail is crawling with poison oak and Bucky came home crawling with ticks.  If you can deal with those two things, it is a great way to spend a day.

For more Bay Area hikes with your dog, check out Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area and Beyond