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Bear Gulch Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

Gradual singletrack with the best view in Wunderlich.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

83%

Runnable

1,446' 441 m

High

504' 154 m

Low

942' 287 m

Up

91' 28 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views

Wunderlich is closed to bikes, but most of it - including this trail - is open to equestrians.

Runner Notes

Watch your step, and yield to horses.

Description

From the parking lot, this trail ascends gradually through redwood forest up to The Meadows, where you can enjoy sweeping views of the bay before a short downhill brings you to Alambique Trail. It's about halfway between singletrack and doubletrack - wide enough for two people at most points, but narrower than most other trails in the park.

To navigate through The Meadows junction coming up from Woodside Road, bear right as you pass the bench and head toward the trail sign to continue on Bear Gulch. Ignore what looks like another trail further to the right - it doesn't continue very far and is not actually a trail.

If approaching The Meadows from Alambique Trail, head toward the gate to the left of the bench, where Bear Gulch continues down into the forest.

Flora & Fauna

Second and third generation redwood forest, evergreen forest, chaparral. Poison oak can be plentiful, but trails are generally clear. You might see deer (very common), raccoons, black squirrels, and occasionally a bobcat, fox, coyote, or even mountain lion (very rare).

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Shared By:

Alissa Bell

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Photos

Bear Gulch Trail in early May
May 7, 2021 near Woodside, CA
The view is pretty good from the intersection of the Meadow Trail and Bear Gulch Trail.
Oct 15, 2018 near Woodside, CA
Coming out of the trees at The Meadows
Jun 28, 2015 near Woodside, CA
Mushroom growing on dead tree
Jun 29, 2015 near Woodside, CA
Benches like this one on the Redwood Trail, can be found sprinkled throughout Wunderlich Park. They are a good place to take a break as many trails climb up into the park.
Oct 15, 2018 near Woodside, CA
Winding through the redwoods
Jun 28, 2015 near Woodside, CA

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