Richard's Road Trail

HARD 17 reviews
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Richard's Road Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Redwood City, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1640 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

no dogs

Park at the Main Entrance Parking Area

hiking
5 days ago

Fun trail for forest views and a moderate workout. With the recent rains, everything along the trail / road is damp, fresh and smells like you're off in the woods (at least until start hearing cars.) The trail as mapped here starts off going down before kicking into moderate gear and it builds from there with a few solid incline spots near the end. There are plenty of other trails around the park as well making it easy to loop this and get a different view on the return. I'm not much of a trail runner but this one seems ideal for it.

Conditions: Damp but not slick. Overall good shape with plenty of markers to keep on the trail and a few restroom / water spots accessible along the route. If you loop the trail, you can save a few hundred feet of climbing vs an out-and-back though I preferred the forest views on the fireroad.

Gain: There's a fair amount of downhill at the start so expect closer to 2k of total elevation climbing out and back (1750' doing the loop to the parking lot.)

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9 months ago

Crazy steep in some spots, but lots of fun to run! Absolutely beautiful redwood forest. There were some muddy areas when I ran it because of recent floods and mudslides, but nothing insurmountable. I saw a few fire-bellied newts crossing the path early in the morning. I did not have mobile service at the bottom so I had to call an Uber from the top of the mountain.

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