Whitemore Gulch and Purisma Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 94 reviews

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.

9.8 miles 2850 feet Loop

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muddy

no dogs

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.

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome trail with breathtaking scenery. Go get lost in this amazing forest.

24 days ago

Favorite local trail for trail running. Views on mountains, redwood forest, creek, wildlife and more!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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)

2 months ago

Phenomenal

2 months ago

Love it

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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...

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice loop, pretty views and nice redwood groves. Would do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with amazing views. Terrain is pretty easy and doable for all skill levels.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Bring mosquito repellant

mountain biking
4 months ago

North Ridge trail was awesome on my bike. Hills are killer!!! Spectacular scenery and fog

4 months ago

beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

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!