Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

hiking
8 days ago

Very nice and shady hike. Saw several banana slugs and all kinds of birds. Very few people this morning and we got there that at about 10:30am on Sunday. The sandstone deck is a nice photo op. There were some mountain bikers who were quite cautious and respectful. That little portion down to the bottom of Fir trail is awesome. The rest of the hike is easy but sticking with that descent and hike up gives you a great little workout with plenty of time to relax for the remainder of the hike.

6/30/18 Saturday, hottest day of the week. 10.4 miles under 4.5 hrs, plenty of free parking at 8am started from Purisima Creek Trail Head parking near Redwoods Trail Head. It was 2miles downhill hike not recommended to come back uphill . Loop around to Whittemore Gulch to North Ridge Trail Parking Lot. There is a trail along highway 35 next to the fence of private properties to go back to Redwoods/ Purisima Creek Trailhead. Some parts has no shade and lots of challenging uphill. Probably rated as hard due to long distance and some steep elevations but if you keep doing small hikes with elevations, this will only be a moderate challenge. Just keep hydrated and bring a snack bar 

hiking
26 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!

hiking
28 days ago

Lots of sand. Very windy. Be prepared for elevation and very little shades.

Saw some decent wildflowers and a nice overview of the area. Very easy outing, good for kids or elderly for sure. Not challenging or scenic enough for me to want to come back any time soon, but certainly a good find close to RWC.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout!!!

Very kid friendly hike

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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

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.

Up up up! A nice hike to get your blood pumping. Views get better the higher you go!

Fairly easy trail with clean toilet facilities. the only moderate part of the trail was at the first leg of the hike for about half a mile.

trees, downhill then uphill, can see half moon bay, nice forest type trial

I really enjoyed doing this trail with two of my friends on a Sunday. We arrived to the trailhead at 10 a.m. and we’re happy to see there was a free parking lot with a port o potty and hand sanitizer.

The difficulty is on the upper side of moderate for folks with intermediate hiking experience. It took us about 5 hours hiking a pace of 2.4 miles per hour and taking a 15-20 minute lunch. Most of the elevation gain is the last 2.7 miles of the trail. I would not recommend bringing people who are not in shape on this trail and if you do, expect for it take 6+ hours depending on how much they struggle.

We saw several banana slugs along the way and loved the scenery overall. This is a mixed use trail also used by trail runners and mountain bikers, so hikers should be extra aware that those folks are likely going to need to pass you at some point. The trail wasn’t terribly crowded either like some other Bay Area hikes can be.

Overall, a trail that is definitely worth experiencing if you are in moderately good shape.

Bautiful view. Enjoyed it a lot

Moderate trail, view of HB Mavericks, Redwood, crystal creek, beautiful. 7.65 Miles, 3.5 hours. 1,775 feet elevation gain, prepare to climb V elevation, nice workout. Bring water and snacks.

First half is uphill but very doable. Beautiful views and redwoods. I would rate this easy not moderate, as it is only 2 miles gentle up and remainder down.

Stunning surroundings, a challenging hike, just so beautiful!

backpacking
5 months ago

Bottom loop still closed but did nice 6 mike hike around too loop with a stop for lunch at Alice’s Restaurant!

Those hills on the way back were killer! Great way to get the heart pumping.

beautiful views of the ocean and half Moon Bay.

followed the map to the trailhead only to find private property.

Pretty trail and views, downhill at the beginning makes for a bit of a climb back up at the end.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail for forest views and a moderate workout. With the recent rains, everything along the trail / road is damp, fresh and smells like you're off in the woods (at least until start hearing cars.) The trail as mapped here starts off going down before kicking into moderate gear and it builds from there with a few solid incline spots near the end. There are plenty of other trails around the park as well making it easy to loop this and get a different view on the return. I'm not much of a trail runner but this one seems ideal for it.

Conditions: Damp but not slick. Overall good shape with plenty of markers to keep on the trail and a few restroom / water spots accessible along the route. If you loop the trail, you can save a few hundred feet of climbing vs an out-and-back though I preferred the forest views on the fireroad.

Gain: There's a fair amount of downhill at the start so expect closer to 2k of total elevation climbing out and back (1750' doing the loop to the parking lot.)

Half is a steep incline up hill, and other half is all downhill. Mostly shaded in the forest surrounded by beautiful red wood trees. Breathtaking views at the peak. There's an option to go horseback riding on this trail.

Great combination of biomes—everything from sweeping ridge views to bubbling brooks in the redwood thickets. No matter which way you run the loop, it’ll be a bit tough the last mile back to your car.

Great hike for kids or elderly, but for more serious hikers it’s def not the coolest score out there. Lots of foot traffic and noises...there are beautiful views though! 4/10. Also - beware of moldy poop on the trails. Idk if dogs are allowed but it certainly looks so.

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