Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 142 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
1692 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

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forest

river

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wild flowers

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
2 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Had a great time here again on 12/3.

This home has it all from redwoods to sun baked grassy hills to a gulch with a creek and moss laden undergrowth at the bottom. Some yellow banana slugs to be seen too though I'm not particularly fond of slugs, even brightly colored ones. :)

The return climb is tough. I was exhausted when I ran into another solo hiker on the last mile. That company made the last section fly by.

I'd say this trail is more fun with friends than solo.

hiking
15 days ago

Loved the views and the deep forests on this hike! However, it was very very steep when I walked back up Harkins Ridge- definitely a big challenge. Worth it but I’m not sure I’ll do this hike again until I’m a bit more experienced.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

1 month ago

Great hike. The return climb is brutal. Take lots of water. 1L isn’t enough!

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hiking
1 month ago

amazing scenery, hike back up is challenging but worth it

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hiking
2 months ago

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

trail running
2 months ago

Great views!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We saw 5 banana slugs along the way.