Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 127 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

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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!

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10 days ago

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11 days ago

Beautiful views and redwood trails. Hike back up Harkins Ridge was challenging but a great workout.

trail running
17 days ago

Great views!

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

We saw 5 banana slugs along the way.

22 days ago

Take lots of water. You will get a good workout on your way up hill. Nice view but make sure you start the hike early because it can take you some time in your way up.

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1 month ago

Really enjoyed Whittemore Gulch Trail, which was actually a bit steep near the end. Harkins Ridge Trail was closed - there is construction near the bridge crossing Purisia Creek. So you need to check the website before going to see what is open or closed due to construction

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1 month ago

great short hike amidst redwoods and other trees. great for a hot day, lovely creek, good views

hiking
1 month ago

I did it in reverse. Great views and nice steady climb out. I really enjoyed this hike.

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