Alambique, Skyline, Meadow and Bear Gulch Trail Loop

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Wunderlich County Park

Alambique, Skyline, Meadow and Bear Gulch Trail Loop is a 21.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 21.3 miles Elevation Gain: 4,251 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
off trail
over grown
private property
13 days ago

What a great trail run! This is perfect if you're training for an event with a lot of distance and elevation, or if you're just looking for a challenge. It's great for hikers or trail runners because dogs and bikes are not allowed on any of these trails. I like how you warm up with the slow and gradual climb up Alambique. Then you can get into a good pace through the switch backs and mostly flat single tracks of the Skyline trail. Going back down Alambique is a breeze until you reach the Meadow Trail, where you'll be climbing back up again. There's a clearing along Meadow Trail where you can get a great view of the South Bay. Then you head back down the hill again via Bear Gulch Trail until you reach the starting point. I did this hike on Black Friday. Started around 7:45 a.m. and was the second car in the lot. I only saw a handful of people going up Alambique, then only 3 people along the 11 mile out & back stretch of Skyline Trail. Foot traffic picked up in the late morning as I went back into Wunderlich Park. When I was finished there were people waiting for my parking spot and cars lining both sides of Woodside Rd. The trail says 21.3 miles, but I ended up with 23.8. There's probably some unaccounted for distance in all the switch backs. Plus I took a short detour to see the 1800 year old Methuselah Tree. Strava had me at 24.4, so I went back up Alambique to the Meadow Trail intersection and then doubled back down Loop Trail to get a full marathon in. All in all, it took me just a bit over 5 hours to finish. Props to Dan Wilson for doing it in 3:25, that's impressive!

running
7 months ago

I did the full trail so did about 22-23 miles. a bit tough to run with wind and at some point a branch was in the way of the trail on the way back. but overall a good trail.

hiking
Tue Mar 20 2018

Some of the redwoods were nice but there wasn’t much in the way of views. For a 20+ mile hike, it was rather monotonous.

running
Tue Feb 28 2017

This trail is hard (VERY hard) but satisfying when you finish.

Mon Nov 07 2016

Great hike in nature; but beware that it's downhill one way and then uphill the other way back if you do the first loop ... it can be pretty steep at times but well worth it if you want to be surrounded by pure nature.

road biking
Sun Apr 17 2016

I really like this route. It's has very very few cars, quiet, serene and quite smooth. Yes, it's all uphill which requires some normal level of fitness. The bends are awesome going downhill.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

running
Fri Dec 28 2018

hiking
Tue May 01 2018

hiking
Sun Jan 21 2018

running
Sat Aug 29 2015

hiking
Mon Feb 17 2014