Whitemore Gulch and Purisma Creek Loop Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California 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.
Beautiful redwoods, approachable slopes and an enjoyable loop. Purisima trail is a road, so it's wide, but much of the rest of the loop is single track.
Whittemore Gulch down was absolutely gorgeous with wonderful views of the bay, redwoods, and mountains. Saw tons of banana slugs, as well as some rabbits, birds, and squirrels. HOWEVER, took Hawkins Ridge back up was brutal, yet fun to complete and get through. Will be back.
I arrived around 3:00 in a almost full parking lot with my 3 kids named Bill, Meg,and John. Then we saw a sign about the trail. we got so excited that I almost peed in my pants! but after the trial we decided that it wasn't so good after all
Arrived to a near empty parking lot on a Tuesday in December at 10:30am. Steep descent into the gully, which is hard on my knees, but the redwoods were worth it. The Ocean views are pretty, but I would recommend this hike more for the moderate challenge and seclusion next to the bubbling creek among the giant Redwoods. By the time I left at 1:30pm, the parking lot was near full.
Did this trail in December, temp varied from mid 30s to low 50s in different parts, depending on how shaded or exposed the trail was. I ran the first 3 miles, which was fun. Gorgeous views, amazing landscapes, and beautiful redwoods. A lot of this trail felt surreal from how quiet and closed off it was. The trail itself was very technical, and some parts got extremely cold. That last 1.5 mile of steep uphill was a really tough way to end such a long hike! My legs were dead when I got to my car :P
Tough uphill hike in the last couple of miles. Excellent for calorie burning. Saw wild rabbits and birds on the trail. Beautiful sunset view. Overall good trail.
Very tough trail run. Most of the uphill was extremely steep, and so I had to hike a lot. But man, this is a gorgeous trail. Average trail runners should give themselves 2.5 hours to complete.
Awesome trail with breathtaking scenery. Go get lost in this amazing forest.
Favorite local trail for trail running. Views on mountains, redwood forest, creek, wildlife and more!