Bald Knob Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Redwood City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

5.5 miles
1,099 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

Ambitious hikers can start at the bottom of the OSP on Purisima Creek Trail and turn this into an all day affair. The latter half of the hike is exposed, so bring sunscreen or cover.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This hike was great. You start off going down about a half a mile then begin a gradual ascent. You'll reach a high point, then begin a descent. At the beginning of that descent, there's a pretty killer view. There's nothing really to see after that view, despite there being about another mile left in the trail (and since there's no loop, another mile back up). If you do continue descending, you'll reach a fork in the road which you can see on the map (end of the red line). The sign only points out one of the paths ("end of trail, .6mi") and back uphill. The unnamed route leads to an open space preserve, which is off limits. My advice: don't take the .6 miles to the end of the trail. There's nothing to see there except a small wooden post with a sign that says "end of trail." Not very rewarding! Aside from that, the views near the top are pretty spectacular!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Good views and some nice little hills. When I lived in HMB Purisima was very close so I hiked it often. This trail is off on the southern edge and hardly has any redwoods the park is known for but very remote. It was remote enough I'd take my dog in with me and one day we were tracked by one of the locals, a mountain lion. The trail doesn't allow dogs but mine is a service dog. The only time I've ever seen him spooked and he's put in a lot of miles with me.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I did this hike on a very hot day but most of it is shaded so it wasn't that bad. The first .5 miles of the trail is downhill so keep that in mind as you have to hike back up that at the very end. The Bald Knob trail is lovely and just beautiful. It's a relaxing gradual incline. I took the Irish Ridge trail that connects and that one is not so easy, Going down is a steep decline and you know what that means...tough work going back up. The view from this trail is the real reward. There isn't a parking lot so parking is limited along the side of the road. That was not a problem though since the trail was very secluded.

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