Bear Gulch and Alambique Trail Loop

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Bear Gulch and Alambique Trail Loop is a 10.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

10.2 miles 2401 feet Loop

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no dogs

Explore several ecosystems as you hike from the bottom of the park up to skyline. Check out the Folger estate too. A great loop can be made by climbing up the trails near bear gulch road up to skyline and then along the southern part of the park back down. Towering redwoods and eye-opening vistas make this hike a great escape from the stress of Silicon Valley. This hike at Wunderlich County Park takes you through some of the most common ecosystems in the South Bay: second-growth redwood, oak, madrone and open meadows. The park, just outside of Woodside on the west side of Silicon Valley, draws crowds on the weekends, and it can be hard to find a parking spot. That's why I recommend taking a day off from work (call it a mental health day) when you'll have the trails mostly to yourself. The redwood forest deepens the further you hike in. At one point this whole hillside was logged, but now a new redwood forest is reclaiming the land. It's a great place to experience nature's regenerative powers first-hand. Trails on this track: Bear Gulch Trail, Skyline Trail, and Alambique Trial. Wunderlich is on a hillside at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains; you start at the bottom so it's pretty much uphill for most of the first half; but it's downhill for the rest. Note you can cut this hike roughly in half by looping back to the parking lot rather than venturing higher in the park along the Skyline or Alambique trails. Also, the Redwood Trail is a pretty side trip, and The Meadows is an excellent open area for taking a snack break. Best time to come: With all the shade, this is a great all-year park; springtime will be a bit more scenic as the wildflowers bloom. The deepest redwood section offers a cool break from summer heat. The redwood canopy even offers some protection on a rainy hike.

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my 3 kids and I loved it!

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Redwood trail hiking at its best. Lots of climbing, but not too punishing. If you like sun, the lower section of Alambique is nice. For shade I'd go Bear Gulch and Skyline.

Not too crowded, with occasional horses on the lower trails.

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Great place to hike! Light traffic and no problems finding parking if you go early in the morning (arrive there by 7am). Nicely shaded except for maybe the Meadows trail which looked uncovered.