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on Chinquapin Trail

hiking
15 hours ago

We started at 7:30AM. it was quiet, there are routes when it's a I
little confusing that we have to go back and forth until we hit the right one. we had to go back half way since we were time constraint. but over all, it was a good hike.

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!

2 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.

Met a rattle snake that makes this trial special

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
15 days ago

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

hiking
16 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.

When we arrived at the trail, the parking attendant told us that the graham hill trail was actually 1.1 miles and overrun with poison oak (ok for people but not so much for dogs).

She recommended going down a mile south towards treetop drive to pipeline trail, which was a in and out trail that totaled 6.6 miles. That was beautiful, on a paved path, featured amazing redwoods, some views, and a river. Also free parking!

Almost go run over by a pissed off bull. Not tempted to try this one again.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike for beginners, beautiful views too !

hiking
28 days ago

A nice shorter trail though getting to it adds a few miles to the hike. There were a lot of California thistles that I missed their bloom by probably a few weeks, would have made it much prettier. The hike to the loop isn't too exciting but once at the loop it quickly turns into a nice redwood grove. Going left at the loop gives a gradual climb at the end and gets you right into the redwoods. Going right will give you a steep climb at the end.

I've read some complain about ticks, i didn't get any until I made a wrong turn on the return and tried to take a shortcut.

Hubby and I went this morning!! Much more difficult than I expected, almost threw in the towel, but my competitiveness kept me going. The trail needs to be marked better the higher you go...had a blast, but should have taken my hiking boots..tennis shoes dont work!

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

Beautiful trail, nightmare parking. Get there early!

nature trips
1 month ago

Stunning

1 month ago

No... just, no.

Had an awesome time on this hike, great lookouts, huge rocks and a waterfall(might be more water in the early months of the year). We took the short cut about 2 miles in to head on back which made the hike 3.5 miles and it took us about 2 hours just relaxing and exploring. Highly recommend!

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!

Beautiful place, so quite. We took foldable chairs and sat next to the lake. We went there with our dog as well. We’ll definitely return!

Awesome hike with my pup! Most of it is shaded, but there is a good stretch at the top that is not so you might want to avoid going in the hot afternoon. There is a leash free section that was fun for dogs. Given there isn’t many dog friendly trails in the area, this was a good find. It would also be great for trail running. Not too technical.

on Fall Creek

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful Trail!

Fun trail. Didn’t have my hiking boots, so bouldering was difficult. Areas of the trail require you to climb over rocks so be prepared.

Also parking in the parking lot is $8 cash. You can park on the side of the road but be warned that there is a ditch and I saw a car get stuck. Not hard to park, just be safe!

Excellent 12k running trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Pretty decent hike. Went at about 1pm on a 90 degree day. Brought 2L of water. The hike down wasn’t that bad at all.. considering it’s all downhill! On the way back I took the Springs trail back up. Wow! That was quite a hike up. Made me stop a few times. I can’t wait to go back after a nice rain when the river fills up! Would make the hike that much better.

By the way.. it’s 8$ to park!

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

Beautiful hike and a great workout

One of my favorite places to visit :) Have been going for years! Love to watch the birds, cows grazing , sunsets or just take my camera out for a spin while relaxing away from the chaos of San Jose.

Beautiful forest, views (the ocean in Halfmoon Bay) and flowers.
If you are fit under 55 you can get started either way, otherwise I would go anti clockwise.

Agree with above comment. My boyfriend is an avid mountain biker and said definitely don’t hike this route.

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