Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Loop Trail

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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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river

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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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8 days 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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23 days ago

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

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27 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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