Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Loop Trail is a 6.8 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.
A pleasant loop through the Purisma Creek Redwoods. This hike allows you to enjoy both the lush valleys and views on the open ridgeline. Take the Whittemore Gulch Trail to the Harkins Ridge Trail Bikes are allowed on specific trails only. Open space preserve in the Midpeninsula region. The preserve is located on the weestern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The open space features not only redwoods, but ferns, wildflowers, coastal scrub, several babbling brooks which can grow to sizable creeks in the winter. The elevation can dips down almost 1600 ft from Skyline Blvd and depending on the route, some sections can be rather steep. Make sure to bring water!
Absolutely gorgeous trail! The views were spectacular, including the banana slugs along the path. One note of caution: if you have injuries or limitations around inclines, coming up Harkins will be a challenge.
Great hike. Went after a week of heavy rain and wind storms and the trails were all in tact, with just a handful of muddy spots. Be prepared for temperature change - its hot in the sun when you're in higher elevation, and very cold in the gulch. Speaking of elevation change - woof. Be prepared for a serious workout! I'd put this at the tougher end of "moderate."
I would definetly recommend this hike. Its steep in places but the ocean view, the beautiful river, the fern covered canyons and the Redwood Trees make it all worth it.
Beautiful trails but there is no river.... A very small creek that is beautiful. The hike is pretty steep and at times has some beautiful ocean views from a distance and supports a little wildlife. One of the last times I was there I hiked up behind a bobcat that just totally ignored me and bounced off the trail. There is some nice elevation gains for a good burn. Maybe it should be rated a little tougher than moderate.
Beautiful views but tough uphill on the entire last half of the loop on the Harkins Ridge Trail
It's very beautiful place . Lots of uphill and down good legs work out ... Love it I would definitely go again