North Ridge Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Redwood City, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.3 miles
1,230 feet
Out & Back



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



over grown


washed out

no dogs

Explore a section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and hike through beautiful redwood groves in the Purisima Creek Redwooods Open Space Preserve.

5 months ago

Good moderate trail with some inclines on the track. Some beautiful scenes of the Forrest on the way.

5 months ago

Good hike , view was disappointing

7 months ago

Great workout!!!

8 months ago

Great trail with lots of Geocaches! Drone footage can be seen here:

11 months ago

Those hills on the way back were killer! Great way to get the heart pumping.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pretty trail and views, downhill at the beginning makes for a bit of a climb back up at the end.

Monday, January 08, 2018

1/7, first time both kids hiked by themselves for ~4 miles

Thursday, November 09, 2017

honestly, not that great of a trail. There are one or two spots with decent views, but overall it's not amazing. about 2/3 of the way out to the end, you get a sweeping overlook that's pretty cool right before decending and climping back up to the the point at the end of the trail; I'd just stop there unless you'd just like the excercise.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The narrow trail that offshoots from the main trail is much easier and much more enjoyable to hike than the steep slope of the main trail. An enjoyable hike and nice views of half moon bay. There isn’t much at the end of the trail in terms of view or place to hang out.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Great out and back hike with some great views. Easy going down and a good workout going up. Mostly shaded with a good patch of sun half way in.

At the start there is a sign pointing the direction of the trail and other trails. It says to go left which is the road but if you go right it takes you to a nice little trail that will spit you back out on to the North Ridge trail.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Favorite trail thus far in Cali! Keep going back!
Great workout in gorgeous setting. Pockets of
sunshine interspersed with shady areas-nice mix.
I feel refreshed and uplifted from the spectacular
views, fresh air and very well maintained trail.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quite good for a civilized hike.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I did the North Ridge Trail.
I carry my son in a carrier.
He is 3+ so heavy.

The course goes downhill mainly and then a little uphill and downhill at the end.
I found some of the downhills quite steep for me with a backpack {child carrier}. I would recommend bringing a walking stick to help balance.

I deducted one star since the end of the trail has no tables or view and is just a tiny clearing. This made our picnic a little dull.
Other than that it was an excellent hike I'd say moderate to difficult with a child carrier.
If you are just hiking, probably moderate since it is hardly ever flat.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Somewhat challenging trail though relatively short so it's manageable. Nice views along the way and yes, the abrupt end of trail is whatever. Not much ground to hang out for too long at the top. Saw 4 bunny rabbits, not too many people and lots of wild flowers. Went around 5:30pm on the hottest Saturday yet!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Very steep descents and climbs to a weak view of HMB. Long stretches through open fields; very hot after 10:00 AM.. If your intent is to get vigorous exercise, this trail is for you.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Best to be there early in the morning, the parking can only hold about 20 cars and it's popular on weekends

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Super steep but worth it! Started the hike about an hour before sunset and it was so pretty!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great incline. Loved the scenery, lots of trees.

Monday, April 10, 2017

I prefer hiking trails that are a loop, but this was still great for a quick out and back trail. Beautiful views of half moon bay. Lots of wildflowers! Would recommend

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

First half is all downhill, which makes the second half (the trek back) nice and challenging! Beautiful view of the Redwoods. I went early on a Saturday around 8am and saw no other hikers. I highly recommend if you're looking for a short and sweet workout with a dose of amazing views.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Beautiful view along the trail, uphill all the way getting back:)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Started at Northridge and worked my way 3.3 miles down to Purisima Creek. The return journey is not for the beginner as there is roughly 3.8 miles of ascent. For beginners I recommend parking at Purisima Creek and exploring the beautiful redwood groves

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A beautiful hike and it's my top favorite. You can enjoy the beautiful greens, redwood trees, the hills, and the scenery is just breathtaking in general!! It's great for hiking and can be a bit challenging on your way back. The beginning is easy because it's mostly downhill but once you turnaround, uphill! All the uphill walking is going to give you a good cardio workout. If you're too tired on your way back, you can take the left exit trail which takes you gradually back to the north ridge parking lot. If you want short distance and a challenge go straight onto those steep hills. I highly recommend to come see the sunset. I have twice. Just beautiful!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Great trail!! Just be prepared to do a lot of uphill hiking!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Great little hike! Definitely a workout with a view!

Monday, October 31, 2016

My boyfriend, my brother and I all went when it was muddy and rainy which was an extra challenge. The trail itself is downhill at the beginning and then a lot of uphill. There is a dead end, so you'll have to do the trail all over again, but backward. I'm all about what will give me a good workout and this was GREAT for those who want to challenge themselves. There were people running and biking on the trail, which you'll have to keep watch of. I feel like it would have made the challenge much easier if it was not muddy. I thought the hike had pretty surroundings and I got a lot of great pictures.

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Not as pretty as most of the hikes in Purisima but a little challenging especially after a rain. It gets pretty slick and washes out a little. A very good training hill.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The parking lot was full at 11am on a Saturday, so get there early. The trail starts out with a lot of downhill, which of course means that you end with a lot of uphill. The views are beautiful, and the trail itself was not too crowded. The trail is well-maintained and provides a good workout.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The North Ridge trail does end abruptly, but is still a nice one. I also did the Harkins Ridge and Purisima Creek trails (although this was due to a silly goof-up in my planning).

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Left at 7:15 PM to do a quick evening hike. Note that trail ends 0.2 miles before it shows on the AllTrails map. Took an hour 30. Two or three tough ascents/descents but overall it was a gradual gain and an easy hike.

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