Purisima Creek Redwoods - Trail, Woodside, California

Purisima Creek Redwoods - Trail, Woodside, California

DESCRIPTION

Harkins Fireroad climb up. Beautiful, winding Whittemore Gulch trail singletrack coming down. More beautiful than it is technical. Not as technical as nearby El Corte de Madera.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 02, 2009]
moretownmac
Cross Country Rider

I'm hestitent to write a raving review of this often overlooked spot because one of the things I like the most about it is the fact that it is generally empty, but here I go. For those that relish self-flaggilation with big rewards, this is the spot. In my experience, the downhills are the best in the bay. The two best are: 1. Whittemore Gulch, which perfect blend of fireroads with perfect jumping waterbars and no suprises to switchback singletrack with a gorgeous view. There are occasionally a few hikers on this trail but the visibility is good enough to minimize the liklihood of a collision. 2. Grabtown Gulch, another kill downhill that mixes fireroad with great jumps to a fast nailbiter of a singletrack along a redwood ridgeline overlooking the creek. Fast and awesome, this trail doesn't have great visibility but luckily there is almost never anyone on it because the climb up Borden Hatch Mill Trail is a challenge. The climbs in this park are substanstial but they are on smooth wide fireroads in the shade and climbing doesn't get much better than that. I love this spot!! So much better than the crowds at Corte De Madera.

Customer Service

Parking lot off 35. North Ridge to Whittemore Gulch up Purisima Creek, right on Borden Hatch Mill Trail then down Grabtown Gulch, right on Purisima Creek all the way up to 35 then north on 35 back to the parking lot (the perfect long flat cooldown).

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Corte De Madera

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Jun 06, 2008]
J.P. Ertola
Downhiller

This is nice singletrack that is not technical but is still fun. Take skyline blvd. from 280 about four miles up and the parking lot will be on you right. If you can have a driver meet you at the bottom of the whittmore gulch trail that is the best cause there is no uphill. This trail is cool because of the in-out of the forest feel.

Customer Service

Whitmore gulch trail all the way to the bottom

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NOT SKEGGS
-carlmont

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RATING
5
VALUE
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2
[Jun 10, 2007]
bmxer72
Downhiller

Take a look on the link to see some pictures of Harkins ridge trail and Whittemore Gulch.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/70181551@N00/

Customer Service

Start from the bottom

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3
VALUE
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3
[Oct 11, 2005]
loopmeister
Cross Country Rider

After 16 years of riding in the Bay Area, I've been crossing off the few must-do riding locales in the Bay Area and...hands down, the trails in Purisima blew me away. Killer climbs, very fast tricky and fun downhills, well preserved and maintained (it's a damn good thing they keep these trails closed for so long in the winter...see Pine Mountain Fire Road at the bottom of the descent for an example of wet weather over-use and year-round skidding descents), almost empty on a weekday, and beautiful coastal redwood, mixed forests, and chaparral slopes. I rode this for the first time on an outstanding indian summer day, cool in the canyons, hot on the ridges. Incredible... Whitmore Gulch is definitely one of the finest sustained downhill single-tracks in the Bay Area, ranking up there with Henry Coe, Skyline Park in Napa, Annadel. However, none with the descent into redwood canyon views. All descents are pretty stellar, for both jumps and carving turns. Definitely go off-peak...I stopped and talked with equestrians and hikers who are very sensitive about unregulated speed on the downhills. Easy to go fast hella fast around corners...don't! Plenty of wide-open straight-aways for that.

Customer Service

There is a long loop...a figure 8 with about 4 miles of retracing your steps (though a lot more fun descending), involving 4,200 ft of climbing in 19.8 miles. Start at the North Skyline trailhead, down North Ridge, to Whitmore Gulch, up Purisima Creek double-track, right up Borden Hatch Mill FR to Tunitas Creek Road, back down Grabtown Gulch, up Purisima to Skyline, descend back down Purisima Creek for that final, brutal climb up Harkins Ridge. Also, any options involving riding Skyline are to be avoided if possible...cars go way too fast and there's no shoulder so climbs can make your teeth rattle.

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Looks like it may be possible to combine Skeggs Point with some road-riding (El Corte de Madera OSP) or Phleger Estate (east side of Skyline to climb both sides of Skyline) for other loop options.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 19, 2003]
Dredd
Cross Country Rider

This place is good. Skeggs is better, so if I ride here I try and do a look by skeggs.

Customer Service

Check out skeggs point first...loops starting at purisima are fun though.

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El Corte De Madera (Skeggs)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 18, 1998]
Xen Price

I Park at top of Purisima Creek train on Highway 35.
North on 35 to Main parking lot - Very Nice Warmup on up and down Paved road.

Down Whitmmroe Gulch Trail -very fun although not overly technical singletrack.

Ride Up Purisima Canyon Trail - the first four miles are an "easy" uphill ride; The last two are uphill.

This a a very beutiful OSP with most of the climb in a Redwood forest. I find it an excellent place to take people who are in decent shape but don't have strong technical bicycle handling skills.

length:
Sports Racers No Stop - 1 hour
Group Ride Frequesnt Gathering- 2 hours

Customer Service

I Park at top of Purisima Creek train on Highway 35.
North on 35 to Main parking lot (Nice Warmup).
Down Whitmmroe Gulch Trail
Ride Up Purisima Canyon Trail to 35 and car

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Although it looks appealing on a map - Harkins Ridge Trail is a Steep & Sunny SOB that is no fun to ride up. If your not race training Ride the purisima creek trail and highway 35 instead!

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5
VALUE
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[Oct 25, 1998]
rob

-same as above-

Customer Service

park at main lot. go down Harkins Ridge Trail. lots of downhill fire road. watch out for rocks jutting out of the ground. TONS of them. climb back via Whittemore Gulch Trail. KILLER climb. great views of the Redwood Forrests and surrounding area. end-up back in the parking lot.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 26, 1998]
Lee

Whittemore Gulch is a beautiful singletrack trail.
Unfortunately, it gets soggy when it rains, and does
not dry out quickly, which makes it one of the longest
closed trails during the rainy season. The alternative
is Harkins Ridge, which is part singletrack, part
fire road. Harkins Ridge is more technical due to
its steepness. On the way back up, Harkins Ridge is
definitely more difficult, both in the strength and
the technical aspect. Some side trails along Purisima
Creek fire road, the Borden Hatch Mill and Grabtown
Gulch fire roads, add some variety, but washouts may
make them unavailable.

Customer Service

Start near the deli. Go down Whittemore Gulch trail
(if open) or Harkins Ridge trail (if Whittemore Gulch
is closed). Go up Purisima Creek fire road or Harkins
Ridge. If you go up Purisima Creek fire road, you have
to ride north on Skyline to get back to the deli.

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El Corte de Madera Creek is just south of Purisima

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 28, 1998]
Matt

While I really like riding down Harkin's, up and down Purissima and back up Whitmore, by linking up with Corte Madera, you get a little more variety than just the up and down of a Harkins/Purissima/Whitmore Gulch ride. Also, you can choose from relatively short rides (8-10 miles) to substantially longer rides (20-30 miles) with all types of riding for all skill levels.

Customer Service

Take Harkin's fire road down from the deli and start up Purissima. About 1 mile up Purissima, turn onto Borden Hatch Mill Trail for a good grinding climb out of the valley to Tunitas Creek Road. Take Tunitas Creek Road to Starr Hill Road and follow that to gate CM08 of El Corte Madera. Follow the rolling single track into the heart of the park and pick your trails from there (see reviews of El Corte Madera). Return to the deli the way you came, or go back via Skyline.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 26, 1999]
Matt

There are a couple of different trails and rides you can take at Purisima. The route I really enjoy is going up Whittemore Gulch trail to the highway 35 parking lot. Its about a 4.5 mile climb that starts of under the cool rainforest-like cover of the redwoods meandering alongside a gently running creek , and ends on the top of the mountains in the burning hot sun riding on rocky hardpack. Whittemore Gulch although not considered singletrack on the map is most of the way up. On the descent take Harkins Ridge trail down. It starts of as technical, steep and rocky with lots of roots, drop offs and some mud. About 1 mile down after a very climb it opens up into a really fast fire road down hill. This place has it all, you cant go wrong on a ride here. Just be curteous to the many hikers you will encounter, we dont want this one shut down

Customer Service

Start at the bottom of the canyon in Half Moon Bay (located on Higgins-Purisima Road) Climb up to the parking lot on Hwy 35, descend back into the canyon.

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Mission Peak, Pleasanton Ridge

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5
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