Southeast of Half Moon Bay in the Purisima Creek Redwoods, the Whittemore Gulch Trail is a scenic hiking-only route through redwood forest. It is located out of town off Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and passes through like redwoods. It starts off at a windy Whittemore promontory on Skyline, then drops west quickly into the gulch over pine needle packed singletrack. There are breath-taking views of chaparral and grasslands.
To reach the Whittemore Gulch Trail trailhead from Half Moon Bay, head south on US1 for about 5 miles to Verde Road / Purisima Creek Road. Turn left heading east on Verde Road and continue following Purisima Creek Road for 3 miles. The trailhead parking area is located on the right at the intersection with Higgins Purisima Road.
Note: This trail had previously been open to mountain biking and horseback riding. Due to extended wet conditions, mountain biking and horseback riding on the Whittemore Gulch Trail is prohibited.