Whitemore Gulch and Purisma Creek Loop Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
This hike explores beautiful Redwood forest, streams, and stunning ocean views. The hike starts out downhill, heading away from Skyline Blvd, and down toward the ocean. Soon after leaving the trailhead, you head out on top of one of the ocean facing ridges, where you can see the ocean and North Ridge Trail. Soon after the ocean views, the trail heads down and follows Whittemore Gulch. The trail follows the gulch down to the parking area on the opposite side of the park. The loop trail then heads up Purisima Creek. The trail meets up with the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and turns back up the ridge. This trail heads through some more redwood groves, and the ocean views return when the trail meets up with Harkins Ridge Trail. This is a slightly longer version of the popular Purisima Redwood Preserve area hike and starts on the eastern trailhead on the coastal side. The trail begins at the point where 3 of the major tributaries of the Purisima Creek joins into one and continues its flow into the Pacific ocean. A major part of the hike is in the shades of redwoods. However, towards the latter part with elevation gain the trail opens out to give some good views of the ocean.
One of my favorite "the view is worth the hike" trails. It's moderately strenuous but the views are so worth it. In the fall, if you start off around 8:30/9 you'll spend more time in the shade on the ridge line.
Great 10 miler. Essentially a descent into a gully, so be prepared for lots of elevation drop on the way in (and the opposite on the way out)
This hike is beautiful with breathtaking views. The hard part is going downhill first which means the end is all uphill. For me I prefer going uphill first.
Awesome hike... very little traffic. Lived in the area for a few years and did it many times. Gorgeous redwoods and a few old growth left. Several "Rings of fire" groupings of trees in Purisima. Very nice elevation gain that I used to train to do the Grand Canyon and Zion. Always nice and cool but I wouldn't call Purisima Creek a river...
One of my favorite trails and loop. Good distance. Challenging. Good elevation drop/gain around. And, most of this loop is covered so not much sun.
Nice loop, pretty views and nice redwood groves. Would do it again.
Very nice, moderate trail with plenty of parking and alternative options. I took the Harkins Ridge Trail through, but it was still 10 miles.
Definitely recommend going in the morning, while the fog is still over.
This hike was gorgeous. Plenty of ups and downs for a great workout and views. I went when the fog was thick but was slowing burning off from the yellow glow of the sun.
Great hike with amazing views. Terrain is pretty easy and doable for all skill levels.
This hike was a fun hike with great views. I would strongly suggest starting early am at the bottom. As the sun rises overhead It is best to be heading back down the hill to avoid over exaustion and heat. The bottom parking has only 5 spots plus 5+ more on the road and it fills up quickly.
Bring mosquito repellant
North Ridge trail was awesome on my bike. Hills are killer!!! Spectacular scenery and fog
So pretty! We did not do 9.8 miles. We did a shorter loop. You can look at the map when you get there and customize your hike. Lots of uphill on the way back up for a good workout on your legs!
Gr8. 1st foray with kids so didn't go too far. Definitely coming back for more
Well worth it if you start early!!