Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 84 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

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

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
27 minutes ago

Beautiful views, nice challenging inclines on the way back up to the trailhead.

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hiking
17 days ago

I love this trail just perfect when you have a couple of hours. Redwood trees, creek, Banana slug, reminds me of the Great Big basin, but a baby version of it. What if you encountered Mt. Lion, don't run and fight back!

20 days ago

27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was a pretty hike, but a challenge. The elevation loss and gain is pretty substantial and once you get down to the stream the hike out can be tough. Definitely be prepared for a relatively hard hike back to the parking lot. Took us 3.5 hours walking relatively quickly.

1 month ago

Strenuous hike because it was all downhill at the beginning, then all uphill at the second-half.

Well-shaded, and there's a really surreal part in the middle walking through the redwoods.

Took us about 3.5 hours to do at a fast clip.

walking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great track with huge change of scenery from high on the ridge with sights of the coast to down into the gulch/canyon where the creek is. Lots of shade but coming back up Harkins Ridge is pretty tough so be warned it's a leg burner. Altogether great hike and look forward to coming back for other trails.

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hiking
2 months ago

hiking
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2 months ago

Hiking 8 miles it's amazing

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Good Trail.
Would recommend parking at Purisima Trail head instead of North Ridge side. We parked at North Ridge and the hike uphill towards the end was hard.