Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 107 reviews

Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1837 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

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river

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wildlife

no dogs

A pleasant loop through the Purisma Creek Redwoods. This hike allows you to enjoy both the lush valleys and views on the open ridgeline. Take the Whittemore Gulch Trail to the Harkins Ridge Trail Bikes are allowed on specific trails only. Open space preserve in the Midpeninsula region. The preserve is located on the weestern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The open space features not only redwoods, but ferns, wildflowers, coastal scrub, several babbling brooks which can grow to sizable creeks in the winter. The elevation can dips down almost 1600 ft from Skyline Blvd and depending on the route, some sections can be rather steep. Make sure to bring water!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful shaded trails, valleys full of fog. Strenuous inclines.

hiking
11 days ago

23 days ago

Beautiful trail. As others have mentioned, the second half is pretty tough.

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trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, with several different ecosystems along the way. Parked at North Ridge trailhead, took North Ridge Trail to Whittemore Gulch, then back on Harkins Ridge Trail. There are outhouses at the trailhead, and at the bottom where Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge meet. Beautiful views from the ridges, and gorgeous dark forested areas down lower, with redwoods and other old growth trees. The creek is small but bubbling. Not very heavily trafficked on weekdays; I saw two small groups of hikers doing a smaller loop. Took about an hour and a half, with plenty of breaks for pictures and an easy pace. Uphill the whole way back! No cell service, bring a map and water!

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1 month ago

Great trail for the summers. There are open patches where it can get really hot but there is enough shade to keep you going.

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2 months ago

Top tier trail. Awesome views. Deep woods. Shorter variant here than the longer Whittemore gulch option.

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hiking
2 months ago

Great local trail. Starts with great views with the ocean visible in the distance, goes down to a creek with lots of redwoods and banana slugs and then back up.

2 months ago