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Alambique Trail to Skyline Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Wunderlich County Park

Alambique Trail to Skyline Trail Loop is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 741 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. Explore the mixed forest and meadowland in this beautiful county park. The Alambique Trail follows the contours of the hillside and intersect with the Skyline Trail. It was a little confusing at first where you're supposed to park. You pass the lot if you're going south on Skyline. Looks like there used to be a short trail from the lot to the trail but it's closed off so you have to walk on the highway. Be careful! No major elevation change, or obstacles. Overall a nice walk in the woods.

Parked at El Corte de Madera parking lot and walked along the road to start the hike. Very beautiful quiet hike. One of my favorites in the area. The incline is very moderate and gradual.

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muddy
1 month ago

Closed, there’s caution tape across the entrance. There is parking at the El Corte de Madera reserve north of the trailhead. Look for the brown “P” sign

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3 months ago

Nice trail, it’s shaded the whole way, mainly with redwoods. The trail is wide enough to walk 2-3 people abreast. It’s well maintained with very few roots on the surface. The incline/decline is gradual enough to not leave you out of breath. Probably too long and too much incline for little kids.

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muddy
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails, all shaded, very wide, lots good view of South Bay. The up and down hill are not so steep. Love it!

Most part of the trails are under shade. Perfect!

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice. Wide trail. Very easy. Pretty. Would be nice for a family or mixed ages/levels. Can you park across the street from the entrance? I parked down Skyline at El Corte de Madera hiking parking lot. There are bathrooms there and it is a short walk down Skyline but still not great. If going in a group, you might want to drop folks at the trailhead.

Trail run!

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closed
Sun Feb 10 2019

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Mon Jan 21 2019

Part of this trail is closed due to fallen trees and erosion. Ideal for trail running as the grade is gradual. I would label as moderate.

Mon Aug 27 2018

Nice tour belong Redwood, Oak and Eucalypt trees. Area needs some rain, though. Quite dusty trail.

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Mon May 28 2018

Great, mellow trail. Mostly shaded, some sun sprinkled areas. It was cool and foggy, but burned off a little. Mossy growth, clear wide trail. An easy loop with great birdsong in Spring. Pretty wildflowers and fantastic smells.

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Thu Jul 13 2017

I did this on a Saturday and saw one person the entire trip- I love when the trail is completely bare and I can be in nature. Nice and quiet with a slight decline during the Alambique and then a slight steady incline through Skyline. Perfect 4.5 to stretch the body out.

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Mon Jan 30 2017

It was a little confusing at first where you're supposed to park, as you pass the lot if you're going south on Skyline. Looks like there used to be a short trail from the lot to the trail but it's closed off so you have to walk on the highway. Definitely a little scary! Once you get to the trail it's a LOVELY hike. I'd personally rate it as EASY. No major elevation change, or obstacles. Definitely kid friendly. Overall a nice walk in the woods. Lots of trail runners out today. Too bad that it's not dog friendly.

Sat Jan 28 2017

Beautiful forest, good workout with a decent climb, but not too hard. Lots of deer. Pretty drive too.

hiking
Sun Oct 30 2016

A less known but still very accessible trail. Redwoods, Madrones, Oaks and Elms are all prevalent. Nice single trail that stays fairly level and even along the roughly 4.5 mile loop. Enjoy!!

Thu Sep 15 2016

Trail is great....but dogs/pets not allowed. The all trails overview is incorrect. Says dogs are allowed on leash.

Mon Aug 01 2016

Nicely shaded hike. Downfalls: lots of horse manure on the trail and pets are not allowed.

Mon Jul 18 2016

Not a lot of people, good temperature in the summer, very easy. Wide trails.

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Mon Oct 26 2015

One of the nicest Redwood Forest hikes within 1h from Mountain View.

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Mon Oct 26 2015

Quite a pleasant surprise. Started off at Skyline Blvd, took the southern route (Skyline) to the eastern Alambique (crossover "river"), through the Meadows, to Bear Gulch, back to Alambique (~9 miles). Several distinct floral changes, some pretty descent and long uphills, but nothing too challenging. All trails are wide and flat, and predominantly covered by the forest canopy, with a few spots along the Meadows trails. It's like a mine field dodging all the horse poop, though. A few windows between the trees to see Palo Alto and neighboring cities. Again, quite a lovely trail.

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12 days ago

recorded Wunderlich in & out

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15 days ago

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