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hiking
1 day ago

did it from the half moon bay side, beautiful drive on purusima road before hitting the trail. we went counter clockwise, up harkin ridge trail and down whittemore gulch trail. highly recommend this agenda since you get the open big trail when going uphill where you can take more frequent breaks, and then narrower trail going downhill. took us 3.5 hours total and we took our time taking photos and enjoying the scenery. and then we ended the hike with a little picnic by the creek... couldn't be happier! =]

Really gorgeous views of the coast on a clear day. Steeper than I expected and a decent workout for a short hike. The dirt can get slippery in some places, so walking sticks are a good idea.

Very nice and quiet hike with hardly any traffic. Took about 3 hours at a reasonable pace with a few stops. Great views! Some areas have moderate+ gradient, especially around the Falls Trail loop. Better to go clockwise around this loop. The creek and waterfalls were all dry. Be prepared with hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water since it was a hot 90 degrees by mid-afternoon.

We started from the North Ridge trail parking lot. It’s a really great hike with stunning views on the ocean, followed by being surrounded by the redwood trees. Then a rather easy walk along the creek, followed by a steep climb. It’s a proper workout in the end, but a very satisfying hike!

9 days ago

Great trail along the creek, wonderful redwood trees and other flora. All the trail is in the shade so perfect for hot summer days. Note that at one point the trail collapsed, there is a huge tree fallen on the creek, on which you should walk to continue.

it was a nice family hike. challenging in a few areas. we never found the water fall :(
but it was a beautiful view

My favorite trail in the peninsula. Great climb and fantastic 360 views from the top.

Just make sure it’s clear out on the coast — very easy for the top of the mountain to be in the clouds.

hiking
12 days ago

Trail starts downhill, so conseeve your energy to fight the uphill battle on return.
98% if the trail is under the shade. The ground is covered by thick layer of pine needles- like walking on carpet.

hiking
13 days ago

There’s a couple of entrance for this trail, trail signs inside the park is good, no so good to the exit of the park. I’ll say going down is easy, uphill is harder, beautiful redwoods.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful ocean view along the way - gets better with elevation.
Trail is not hard. I think it is moderate. Lots of shade. Watch out for poison oak.

This is such a gorgeous trail - right along the ocean and very few people! 20 minutes from the city

16 days ago

Definitely a favorite now. We went August 25, the weather was perfect and in the morning about 9am, there was still parking, but it was filling up..

The first of the hike is where you gain your elevation. Coming back was all downhill. The redwoods are always breathtaking and do not disappoint and the creek is just a bonus.

In August there was still enough water rushing through the creek. It is nice and refreshing to stick your feet in after hiking for a few hours.

As we got closer to finishing the hike more people were headed in and it got crowded. Definitely worth getting an early start if you want some quiet time with the redwoods.

hiking
22 days ago

Too many people and walking up on someone dropping their drawers close to the creek was the final straw.

hiking
22 days ago

Did this hike starting from Half Moon Bay side so was able to start the hike ascending and then descend back - just feels wrong going the other way. Beautiful forests and views; would definitely do this hike again. Parking and traffic were heavy, but the trail itself was not too crowded.

hiking
23 days ago

WARNING - the trail is completely eroded at https://www.google.com/maps/search/37.06963,-122.10235 going through older comments now I see others mention this and some say you can get through by going into the creek but it may have gotten worse. The creek has a lot of fallen trees in it so not clear it can be reasonably traversed and from the point at which you would need to go through it, it isn't clear you can get back on the trail or how long you'll have to keep climbing over fallen trees in the creek.

The trail is beautiful though but if you do it plan enough time to get to the erosion point and then go back out the way you came so the distance is closer to 14 miles.

Excellent dog friendly trail. Lots of Incline, shade, trees. Bring water for dogs!

Beautiful trails and views. I love that the dog can be under voice control only in this park!

I would rate this moderate. Most of the route is well covered by trees and did not feel the heat at all. Beautiful views. Go early to get parking

One of the best kept secrets of the Bay Area

It was worth it to get there early: get a good parking spot and beat the crowd to the falls! It was a lovely hike, and I was lucky enough to get a bit of solitude at the falls. There was a decent bit of water, even though it's been a while since the last rain. I'll definitely be coming back!

1 month ago

No... just, no.

walking
1 month ago

We went there with our dog! There are few trails where you can bring your dog (on a leash). Was really beautiful and peaceful. We even found a small piece of creek to refresh. We’ll definitely return!

If it were my backyard, I’d take advantage, but not worth trekking to. TONS of poison oak.

on Fall Creek

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful Trail!

This trail was super fun. Was able to run for a good half of it. There is a lot of poison oak though, so long pants and caution is advised. gorgeous views even with fog. Once you get to the top, go to the cave. Much more satisfying than the electric plant on north peak.

Don't be like us - check the weather beforehand so you don't end up hiking here when it's 100° outside

beautiful hike. pretty easy with some moderate inclines.

Beautiful hike on a Sunday early afternoon. Actually 10.9 miles. Went counterclockwise, which is a little less incline distance. When you get to the forest floor there is a beautiful creek, amazing redwoods and still plenty of flora; salvia, minors lettuce, horsetail, monkey flower, clover. Didn't see many people on the hike upward towards end of trail. Seems most folks went clockwise.

Great hike. Easy to follow, not many people, well kept trail. Very eerie while it’s foggy which is pretty cool - makes you feel like you’re in the clouds.

Did the Whitmore Gulch - Purisma - Craig Bitten. A total of 9.2 miles.
I would rate this Moderate

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