Bear Gulch and Alambique Trail Loop

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Wunderlich County Park

Bear Gulch and Alambique Trail Loop is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length9.7 miElevation gain2,043 ftRoute typeLoop
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Towering redwoods and eye-opening vistas make this hike a great escape from the stress of Silicon Valley. This hike at Wunderlich County Park takes you through some of the most common ecosystems in the South Bay: second-growth redwood, oak, madrone and open meadows. The park, just outside of Woodside on the west side of Silicon Valley, draws crowds on the weekends, and it can be hard to find a parking spot. If possible, it's recommended to try and come mid-week when you'll have the trails mostly to yourself. The redwood forest deepens the further you hike in. At one point this whole hillside was logged, but now a new redwood forest is reclaiming the land. It's a great place to experience nature's regenerative powers first-hand. Trails on this track: Bear Gulch Trail, Skyline Trail, and Alambique Trial. Wunderlich is on a hillside at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains; you start at the bottom so it's pretty much uphill for most of the first half; but it's downhill for the rest. Note you can cut this hike roughly in half by looping back to the parking lot rather than venturing higher in the park along the Skyline or Alambique trails. Also, the Redwood Trail is a pretty side trip, and The Meadows is an excellent open area for taking a snack break. Best time to come: With all the shade, this is a great all-year park; springtime will be a bit more scenic as the wildflowers bloom. The deepest redwood section offers a cool break from summer heat. The redwood canopy even offers some protection on a rainy hike.

Park at the staging are off of Woodside Rd.

Wunderlich County Park website http://ow.ly/4P58Q

Bring plenty of water and snacks; there's enough climbing here to drain you pretty quickly. Watch for horses: Many equestrians keep their steeds at the stables on the park's grounds. Contact: 650-851-1210 Park hours: Opens at 8 a.m., closes near sunset Dogs: No Driving directions: Take the Woodside Road (Highway 84) exit from I-280, go west for three miles. Park will be on the right.

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Josh C
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Well maintained and wide trails. We added a few side trails to avoid backtracking and made a 12+ hike out of it. Lower parking lot was full by 9:30am (Sunday) but enough people leaving that we didn’t have to wait to long for a spot.

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Lang M
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Anton -
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Redwoods, wildlife, salamander pond are cool, however meadows is a true highlight of this trail! Hiked starting at Skyline blvd, from the very top since parking was full at woodside road. Trail gradually gains elevation which is nice.

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Eleni Hulman
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Aparna Khan
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Diana Rothschild
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Very nice hike for the girls. Steady uphill and then easy downhill! We stopped at the top for a nice picnic lunch - perfect resting spot with great view and nice halfway marker.

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Mariana Sharp
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pretty trail. mostly forrest. crossed paths with a few horses and their humans. there is a good wide view on top. parking lot is small and it's not easy to get a spot. a part of the trail was closed off.

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Maia Dau
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Wonderful trail a little muddy with the recent rains but the views were definitely worth it! The elevation is pretty gradual and on the way back we went back up to the meadow for lunch because the vista was breathtaking. Whole 10.2 miles only took 3 hours!

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Tj Borawski
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AllTrails User
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Good medium walk meadow + wood

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Susie Stone
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really beautiful and well groomed trail that is a moderate challenge but not steep

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Andrew Hensley
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Definitely something to work up to if you’ve been doing 3 mile treks; like when I started out.

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Edgar Arias
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Good job

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Thom Downing
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Epic!!

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Sara Hanley
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Eric Benhamou
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Beautiful and easy trail - shaded - views of the valley

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Siamak Kolahi
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Lana Ferguson
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Lots of horse poop. Beautiful uphill to a meadow. Lots of choices for shorter/longer.

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Bea Sebastian
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Matthieu Riou
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Zara Fong
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Chris St Dennis
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Brigitte KELLY
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So nice. Only saw about 5 people all covid safe! When you park go up the hill past the horses for a beautiful shady fresh air filled hike. I thought I heard woody the woodpecker and glad I didn't see Marty the mountain lion!!

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Lee Vilensky
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Great easy hike. Meadow trail extremely boring due to reforestation. Better to go back the way you came. Counterclockwise recommended on hot days.

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Rebecca Mark
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Great trail in excellent condition. Perfect for an 11 mile trail run. Be forewarned— the entire route to Skyline is uphill. Bring plenty of water. Also, note there is no other parking if the lot is full. It was pretty crowded on a COVID weekday. I imagine its packed on weekends.

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GIna Bardi
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lots of options for length of hike. good shade. bring a picnic for the meadow!

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zo zo
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beautiful trail, mostly shaded except a few short stretches on the way back. very gentle incline, well marked so you cannot miss any turn!

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Alicia Anagnostou
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Uneventful hike in the redwoods. Good for a quick hit of fresh air if you have a 60 mins and want to get outdoors. We went Bear Gulch and cutover on the Redwood Trail. Well marked, you can’t miss it. Evidence of frequent horse travel was abundant so beware.

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Bri S
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Note that parts of this trail are closed. Totally worth the trip, but route may look a little different. I took Alambique trail all the way back. Also took a few other diversions and clocked 11.94miles, 2,066 ft elevation in 4h4min. The redwoods are truly spectacular, but trail was fairly heavily trafficked (some sort of trail run event was happening) so less peaceful than some places.

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