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Best trails in Redwood City

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Looking for a great trail near Redwood City, California? AllTrails has 88 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Diablo State Park or San Bruno Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like West Waddell Creek State Wilderness or Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 45 moderate trails in Redwood City ranging from 1.8 to 13 miles and from 223 to 2,417 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Redwood City
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#1 - Whittemore Gulch and Purisima Creek Loop Trail
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
As of June 2020, due to COVID-19 parking restrictions are place along Highway 35, Purisima Creek Road and Higgins Canyon Road. Preserve parking is very limited at this time. Specific info regarding further restrictions can be found here: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/purisima-creek-redwoods This hike explores beautiful Redwood forest, streams, and stunning ocean views. The hike starts out downhill, heading away from Skyline Blvd, and down toward the ocean. Soon after leaving the trailhead, you head out on top of one of the ocean facing ridges, where you can see the ocean and North Ridge Trail. Soon after the ocean views, the trail heads down and follows Whittemore Gulch. The trail follows the gulch down to the parking area on the opposite side of the park. The loop trail then heads up Purisima Creek. The trail meets up with the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and turns back up the ridge. This trail heads through some more redwood groves, and the ocean views return when the trail meets up with Harkins Ridge Trail. This is a slightly longer version of the popular Purisima Redwood Preserve area hike and starts on the eastern trailhead on the coastal side. The trail begins at the point where 3 of the major tributaries of the Purisima Creek joins into one and continues its flow into the Pacific ocean. A major part of the hike is in the shades of redwoods. However, towards the latter part with elevation gain the trail opens out to give some good views of the ocean. Show more
#2 - Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Loop Trail
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
As of June 2020, due to COVID-19 parking restrictions are place along Highway 35, Purisima Creek Road and Higgins Canyon Road. Preserve parking is very limited at this time. Specific info regarding further restrictions can be found here: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/purisima-creek-redwoods A pleasant loop through the Purisma Creek Redwoods. This hike allows you to enjoy both the lush valleys and views on the open ridgeline. Pay attention to signs because bikes are allowed on specific trails only. The preserve is located on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The open space features not only redwoods but ferns, wildflowers, coastal scrub, and several babbling brooks that can grow to sizable creeks in the winter. The elevation descends almost 1600 ft from Skyline Blvd and depending on your route, some sections can be rather steep. Make sure to bring water! Show more
#3 - Crystal Springs and Dean Trail
Huddart Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Huddart Park offers numerous trails, some for horseback riding and hiking, and some for hiking only. Trails run along gulches and creeks, others traverse unique hillside habitats and lead you to breathtaking views of the countryside. Bikes are NOT allowed on this trail. There is a $6 fee to enter the park.Show more
#4 - Purisima Creek Redwoods North Ridge Trail
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
As of June 2020, due to COVID-19 parking restrictions are place along Highway 35, Purisima Creek Road and Higgins Canyon Road. Preserve parking is very limited at this time. Specific info regarding further restrictions can be found here: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/purisima-creek-redwoods Explore a section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and hike through beautiful redwood groves in the Purisima Creek Redwooods Open Space Preserve.Show more
#5 - Edgewood Trail Loop
Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
The Edgewood Trail runs east to west on the northern side of the park. The trail has junctions with the Franciscan Trail and Serpentine Loop. Starting from the east, in the Day Camp parking lot, one has a strenuous first half mile with an approx. 9.5% uphill grade.Show more
#6 - Dusky-Footed Woodrat and Cordilleras Trails
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
As of September 2020, the trail is one-way due to COVID-19. Please follow the guidelines.Show more
#7 - Tafoni and Fir Trail
El Corte De Madera Creek Open Space Preserve
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
This pleasant route offers, cool redwood canyons that transition to either mixed evergreen forest or chaparral as one travels up the drier, warmer ridges. There are views toward the San Mateo Coast, intriguing sandstone formations, and even a grove of old-growth redwoods. Trail are closed seasonally for biking, check before you depart.Show more
#8 - Blue Oak and Polly Geraci Trail
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Explore the wonders of the Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve. Make sure to stop by the Water TempleShow more
#9 - El Corte de Madera Creek - Resolution Trail
El Corte De Madera Creek Open Space Preserve
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
The trails oscillate up and down a lot. At the base of the Vista Point detour, there is a placard with information about the flight that crashed there in 1953. A beautiful tree-covered hike, a perfect destination for a hot day. Lots of mountain bikers, but the trails are wide enough to give them some space to pass.Show more
#10 - East Ridge Trail to West Ridge Trail Loop from Skyline Blvd
Redwood Regional Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 8 m
This loop trail explores the beauty of Redwood Regional Park. Connect the West Ridge trail to the East Ridge trail for a nice loop.Show more
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