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1 day ago

This is yet another beautiful hike. The route shown on the map is wrong. Either the map must be corrected or another hike for Harkins Ridge trail - Craig Britton Trail - Purisima Creek Trail should be added to alltrais. The path I took is as mentioned in my write up in the same order. The trail may be categorized as strenuous-Moderate and not essentially Hard. Harkins ridige is the ascend , Craig Britton is more or less flat through the redwoods and is very pretty and Purisima is a mix of slight gradient along the creek. As descend is tough for me I prefer having gradual slope for descend and hence took the clockwise route. Enjoyed the hike on a drizzling chill day.. though the work out is over once you reach the top.

Glorious views and magical trek through the redwoods.

Gorgeous! I didn’t think it was hard. I would call it moderate.

Lovely hidden gem of a trail in the Bay Area

Note that where alltrails has you start is at the top of the valley and there’s no real parking save a spot or two on the side of the road. However, it was a great hike and i enjoyed doing it! Very well maintained and pretty much had the trail to ourselves the whole time. As others mentioned it’s all in the shade so better to do when it’s warmer out. We also did it counterclockwise and the ascent seemed a little more gradual that way than had we done the opposite.

trees, downhill then uphill, can see half moon bay, nice forest type trial

Amazing trail

28 days ago

A beautiful combination of redwood forest and hilly vistas. Popular hike but not overly crowded the return part of the loop is mostly uphill and at times feels like a "hard" level, not "moderate". Recommend.

Awesome hike - just be ready for the climb back out after the first half of descending! :)

I really enjoyed doing this trail with two of my friends on a Sunday. We arrived to the trailhead at 10 a.m. and we’re happy to see there was a free parking lot with a port o potty and hand sanitizer.

The difficulty is on the upper side of moderate for folks with intermediate hiking experience. It took us about 5 hours hiking a pace of 2.4 miles per hour and taking a 15-20 minute lunch. Most of the elevation gain is the last 2.7 miles of the trail. I would not recommend bringing people who are not in shape on this trail and if you do, expect for it take 6+ hours depending on how much they struggle.

We saw several banana slugs along the way and loved the scenery overall. This is a mixed use trail also used by trail runners and mountain bikers, so hikers should be extra aware that those folks are likely going to need to pass you at some point. The trail wasn’t terribly crowded either like some other Bay Area hikes can be.

Overall, a trail that is definitely worth experiencing if you are in moderately good shape.

Great trail! Nice ocean view about half way in.

Bautiful view. Enjoyed it a lot

The trail was great but the trail map showing the route is wrong.

Moderate trail, view of HB Mavericks, Redwood, crystal creek, beautiful. 7.65 Miles, 3.5 hours. 1,775 feet elevation gain, prepare to climb V elevation, nice workout. Bring water and snacks.

Stunning surroundings, a challenging hike, just so beautiful!

Those hills on the way back were killer! Great way to get the heart pumping.

This hike reminds me of Muir Woods but with steep hills. I did this in end of January, but I imagine it would be really difficult in the summer. I would rate this as a hard hike, not moderate.

beautiful views of the ocean and half Moon Bay.

This was one of the toughest trails i did coz i did not take any water or snacks. I started from north ridge to Whittmore gulch and on my way back up on harkins . It gets too steep on way back , don’t forget to take water and pack a light snack (fruits, trail mix etc). Took me 2.5 hrs to complete the hike .

Spectacular views on a clear day.

Pretty trail and views, downhill at the beginning makes for a bit of a climb back up at the end.

This trail is not for beginners. It has some steep terrain. It also had very beautiful views. Pack a light lunch. And bring a lot of water. 2-3 liters atleast and a light jacket. Trust me you’ll need it.

Very tough trail. Not at all for beginning hikers. However it has very beautiful views. Pack a lunch and bring a lot of water. You’ll need it.

It's a beautiful trails with many altitudes and plant life.

Great combination of biomes—everything from sweeping ridge views to bubbling brooks in the redwood thickets. No matter which way you run the loop, it’ll be a bit tough the last mile back to your car.

1/7, first time both kids hiked by themselves for ~4 miles

Did this hike for NYE and it kicked my ass in the most wholesome way possible. You want challenge? Got it. You want views? Got it. You want wildlife? Got it. Literally had everything. Foot traffic is meh but as you get deeper into the park people will thin out. Tracker reported 10.5 miles in about 4.5 hours (breaks included), and I did the sharp incline half first (Whitemore Gulch trail section) starting at the bottom of the “gulch” from the Purisima parking. Highly recommend doing it that way for anyone looking to test/diagnose their endurance levels. Would consider this more hard than moderate, tbh. Word of advice? Bring a headlight in the winter months because hiking in the trees at the bottom of any sort of valley or gulch reduces light visibility by what I swear feels like 50% around sunset - I had to spend the last two miles at the end of it in near darkness while the sun was just barely starting to go down. 10/10 would and will come back though! HAPPY 2018!!

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