Hamms Gulch Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Hamms Gulch Trail is a 6.7 mile out and back trail located near Portola Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,446 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

Hamms Gulch is a popular equestrian and dog friendly location in a beautiful grassy hill covered open space preserve. Enjoy the stunning views with your loyal pets!

8 months ago

Blue sky day today. Awesome hike. Well maintained trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Actually hiked Toyon trail instead

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

An easy 6.5 mile loop. First 3 miles are all downhill in an open setting. Not much foliage. By the time you reach the bottom there's a calm stream. The 3.5 mile ascent is gradual and not strenuous. However, the climb offers a better variety of scenery as must of it is covered. Started at the Skyline trailhead.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nicely shaded and led up to a gorgeous view of the Bay.

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Awesome. I took Hamm Gulch to Lost Trail, then connected to Spring Ridge. This route is dog friendly. Hamm Gulch is mostly shaded, and the incline isn't so bad with the switch backs. Spring Ridge is completely open with little shade, and a steep grade down. Spring Ridge is bike friendly, but not horse. I imagine if you took this route the opposite way it would be challenging, starting with the hill and sun. I logged 7.6 miles with 1475 ft incline. There is also a creek to cross when on Gulch, which is nice for dogs and horses to drink out of. There are some benches along the way as well. Would definitely recommend!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Great views

trail running
Monday, November 03, 2014

Had a blast! Totally beautiful green soft trail and everyone was friendly and amazing!

hiking
Monday, July 22, 2013

This was an amazing hike on a hot summer day.

1) take Hamms Gulch all the way up to Spring Ridge trail. Make sure you go left from the bridge, and go next to the stream. This way you will do the climb in shady redwoods. Otherwise you will end up climbing on the sunny side.

2) once you get to skyline blvd, stay right and the path goes along skyline for a few yards

3) stay left to follow Spring Ridge trail. This is the no-shade part

4) take Hamms Gulch to the right and follow signs to Alpine road.

If in doubt, see my saved trail/map. Good luck and carry water and snacks.

hiking
Saturday, November 17, 2012

This is superbly beautiful. The loop I did took the Spring Ridge trail instead of the Lost and Razorback Ridge trails. Spring Ridge trail has lovely open meadows and wonderful views, and Hamms Gulch trail takes you down through the forested area around the gulch. It was a perfect afternoon hike/walk.

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