Explore the most popular forest trails near Redwood City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A shaded trail, sheltered from the wind, and the bugs won't eat you alive.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trial - the mudslide is not an issue. You can see where it happened but it is easily navigated. Wonderful time under the trees. Was always wondering how to get to the park from Canada road area.

An almost perfect 4-5 mile loop, and such an easy/close drive from the peninsula. Had never thought to come over here. Great redwood trees and a really awesome view at the top!

The trails themselves are easy to moderate. The hard part is the length if you are not used to it. Trail was fairly empty seeing most people once inside huddart park. Trails inside huddart are shaded but a lot warmer than outside the park.

A great way to get a workout while enjoying nature! This trail had a little bit of everything- views from above, a forest, flowers everywhere, and even a little creek at the bottom. We went counterclockwise and found it more enjoyable. Doesn't matter which way you go; one half will be downhill and the way back will be all uphill. We found it easier to go left (2nd intersection) on Whittemore Gulch Trail instead of continuing right on North Ridge trail. This way we were able to enjoy more of the woods. Either way, the two trails meet eventually, and you continue onto Whittemore Gulch. *Be warned: going down on Whittemore Gulch means you will be going up on Harkings Ridge, which is mostly out in the sun. If it's a hot day, it might be a better idea to do this loop clockwise. There is a really nice area at the midway point (where Whittemore Gulch meets Harkings Ridge) to have a lunch break. It's right behind the bridge. There were people on the trail, but it wasn't overwhelmingly crowded, and every person we saw along the way was very nice. It took us 3.5 hours to complete, with plenty of stops for pictures and a small lunch break. Definitely hard on the legs, so leave yourself plenty of time for breaks and bring lots of water, especially when it's hot. Enjoy!

Love this trail have been doing it for years. Now that summer is here and it’s warm this is the perfect hiking trail because of all the trees. Lots of shade bring water and prepare to hike back up.

Easy downhill very hard uphill. I will recommend go downhill on Harkins and uphill on Whittemore as it’s more gradual and shady of the two trails. Next time I will be doing that. Great views of the ocean and the redwood trees. the total loop is more like 8miles not 6.4. Overall Enjoyed the hike.

Beautiful hike but definitely not Easy unless we went the wrong way. Trail goes downhill from skyline eastward and after going 3.5 miles downhill and never reaching the loop we turned around and climbed back up. We are in good shape but still a pretty good workout. Maybe the description is only about the loop, not sure.

hiking
24 days ago

Great workout!!!

Difficult hike. Very beautiful in early spring.

Nice hike with well maintained trails. Very casual loop hike. Redwood trees are particularly beautiful and the route is almost completely shaded. However, you never get that feeling of completely being out of a suburban area. Bring cash for parking too

Went on Thursday 5/10, arrived at 11am and completed 9 mike hike in about 4 hours. Lots of shade, awesome atmosphere, very green, nice views and amazing Redwoods, passed by the creek area. Great for bird watching. Downhill at the beginning and uphill at the end. Went with a friend who doesn’t normally hike and she was able to complete the 9 miles with very short pauses on the uphill part. Ok for hiking solo as well, saw many people hiking alone. Fair cell phone reception. Parking available.

This trail was a great workout, all downhill one way and uphill the other. Poles are definitely a good idea for this trail, especially if your knees give you trouble. Banana slugs and wildflowers abound! Lots of shade on the way down with more exposed areas on the way up. Bring layers. There are port a potties at both ends of the trail but no trash cans, so please be sure to pack out what you bring in. Also there aren’t any tables or really great places to stop and eat along the trail or at either end. This is definitely a beautiful trail!

Really nice well-kept trail. Quiet and beautiful. Barely saw a soul until close to 10am. We were there at 8! Definitely easy.

Exhausting but worth it!

Shaded trails, liked it!

A bit hard to climb up. Very nice seashore view

Amazing Redwood canopy lined by fern and occasional mist. Heaven!

Really good hike and the uphill on the return is definitely a good workout. Beautiful redwood groves and a serene creek, a variety of wildflowers, and a few pretty good views of the coast below.

Great training loop; good tree coverage to protect from the elements but some exposure on the hike up to the lot; definitely a difficult climb especially with a heavy pack

Hike was great. Though we carried enough water, we didn’t have anything to eat. Getting some calories while burning them would have made this hike even more enjoyable!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with lots of Geocaches! Drone footage can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMt2gbNfKQU

Great views and an amazing hike!

Did this exact trail and loved it. Well kept trails. Lots of zig zags. Some parts were moderate but plenty of shade that I didn’t need my hat. Parking has fees and would love to use the picnic tables to have a gathering or just use it for our packed lunch.

Easy downhill, hard hiking back. Still beautiful

Nice combination of forest, meadow and between.
Lots of wild flowers this time of the year.

There are many different options to complete this loop. The loop has a lot of features, redwoods, ocean viewpoint, creek. It was a good climb at the latter half, and the trail has a lot of shades. Once passed the first descending part it would be a very good trail for running too.
One can see a lot of different scenes in this one loop. from mountain to ocean, from bare ground to tree canopies, from mountaintop to creek valleys.
Definitely worth the effort of completing the whole loop.

Superb for trail running! I didn't find it hard though, but moderate. Also, I hoped for 4k elevation gain, but it has about 3k.

Some of the redwoods were nice but there wasn’t much in the way of views. For a 20+ mile hike, it was rather monotonous.

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