Purisima Whittemore Gulch Out-and-Back

Woodside, California 94061

Purisima Whittemore Gulch Out-and-Back

Purisima: Whittemore Gulch Out-and-Back Professional Review and Guide

"Starting from the ridge overlooking Half Moon Bay, this ride takes you down the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Smooth singletrack begins in the moss-draped forest of tan oak, madrone, and Douglas fir. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean open up as the trail switchbacks down the brush-covered hillside before quickly dropping into a moist redwood forest. Riding this as an out-and-back maximizes the singletrack, but there are other ways to climb out of Purisima Creek Canyon—not all of them pleasant. Trail surface: 23 percent dirt road and 77 percent singletrack."

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Great mountain biking trail. Begins with singletrack downhill, through redwoods and down into a valley. As you begin the ascent you are on a dirt path, and the gradual climb is strenuous. Prepare to sweat a lot, but overall not too difficult. Highly recommended.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
1.5 hours
April to November. Whittemore Gulch is closed in winter; a cool place to escape the heat of summer
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,000 feet
Top Elevation
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Local Contacts
USGS Half Moon Bay
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018