Harkins Ridge Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Harkins Ridge Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Grabtown, 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 best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,745 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike on a Sunday early afternoon. Actually 10.9 miles. Went counterclockwise, which is a little less incline distance. When you get to the forest floor there is a beautiful creek, amazing redwoods and still plenty of flora; salvia, minors lettuce, horsetail, monkey flower, clover. Didn't see many people on the hike upward towards end of trail. Seems most folks went clockwise.

23 days ago

Beautiful loop, wonderful views heading clockwise.

1 month ago

decent trail. heavy traffic near the parking lot but once you get in to the loop there's hardly any traffic. did clockwise. the first half was a bit boring as you just keep descending. like the redwoods area. was very serene.

hiking
1 month ago

Took trail counter clockwise. Wide, level path on Harkins Ridge Trail. Stay alert for mountain bikers. Some poison oak over growth, but nothing like in the north bay. North Ridge trail gets narrow and more uneven. Descent into redwoods and the trek beside the stream are wonderful, peaceful, and shaded.

2 months ago

First half descend and second half climb. Would rate more than moderate. Nice ocean view.

hiking
3 months ago

Went Clockwise.. beautiful decent down into the redwoods and creek area , ascent back up was steady and challenging- amazing scenery. Would rate as on the “hard “ side of Moderate-

hiking
4 months ago

Epic, beautiful, challenging. I went counterclockwise, but would choose to go clockwise if I go again. You get vista views of the ocean along with deep, lush fern and redwood immersion. Loved every minute of it.

6 months ago

I typically do this counter clockwise. It’s once of my favorite hikes on the peninsula. Nice mix of in the woods and mountain Views. agree with others that it’s on the hard side of “moderate.” The trip back up is a lot of sustained climbing, but there are a few flat spots to catch your breath. Not for beginners.

6 months ago

Went clockwise this morning. Perfect cool temps. Able to race the loop in 2 1/2 hours- fast for me.

6 months ago

Very pretty hike. Strenuous though. Not for beginners.

7 months ago

Great loop! I recommend going clockwise on the trail.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

I really enjoyed this trail- might be one of my favorites in the area. I also went clockwise down Harkins Ridge and the up Whittmore Gulch for a nice 7 miler. Perfect amount of shade, sun, greenery and wildlife. Love it.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great hike in a great area, but the data in distance and lis elevation gained is incorrect.

If you look at the elevation profile, you will see it is a mirror image, meaning that one would have to do the loop shown twice to cover the distance and elevation gain

So it's really a 7 mile hike with 1800 feet of elevation gained. I posted data from a few gps sources to illustrate

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

This is a decent trail but not spectacular. We did it clockwise and the elevation on the way up is pretty good. I will say, not sure how this is 12.8 miles. I logged in at 9.5 and we went out to North Ridge Trail which added an extra 2 miles at least. Not a bad hike but if you're looking for distance, this is not 12 miles long.

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