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Harkins Ridge Trail

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

A long fireroad consisting of rocks, hard packed dirt, and huge rollers. A good climb and descent.
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Latitude
37.469408527523626
Longitude
-122.35404968261719
Trail Directions
Take Highway 92 west to Highway 1. Turn left and follow until firestation. Turn left on Higgins Purisima Road and follow about 2.5 miles until Higgins Purisima Park is reached.
Trail Length
2.8
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Half Moon Bay
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 2, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: erikdw ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Straight up or straight down. Super steep slopes. A mixed bag at the top though.

Hellish climb up Harkins Ridge if you start at the bottom. I parked at PC05, climbed up Harkins Ridge Trail (horrible mistake, "Budha Bomber" is an abject liar, this is not even *close* to being a "gentle grade"). There were on the order of 4 sections that were just unscalable. Maybe if you're Lance Armstrong or have a much lower gear than that available on my Heckler.

Might be ok to ride down, but going up it is just a mistake. Riding down Whittemore Gulch trail was a pleasure. Though I went a bit too late in the day and the sun was directly in my eyes for the first portion of the descent.

Recommended Route:
Definitely don't climb up it. That's just stupid.

If you wanna ride down it, I'd still park at the bottom (PC05 on the official map), and then climb up Purisima Creek Trail to Skyline and head north on Skyline to PC01. But I'd still probably rather ride down Whittemore Gulch.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Whittemore Gulch.
Something at Skeggs / El Corte de Madera.
Pacifica (crack, mile, boyscout).



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Review Date
September 30, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brian , from Bay Area

Summary:
There is a lot of jagged rock heading down Harkins. The trail is also covered with lots of pine needles so watch your speed

Recommended Route:
If you start off at the North Ridge parking lot, off of Skyline blvd, head down Harkins and then up Whitmore. But I would recomend parking down near the Ford dealership in Half Moon Bay, off highway 1. Head up Whitmore while your still fresh and then get paid off by riding down Harkins.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skeggs Point



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Review Date
January 6, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Elliott , from Menlo Park

Summary:
This is a fun trail to ride. there is a small uphill at the beginning of the trail but then is all DH after that-fun stuff. This trail is more along the lines of a fireroad, but fun nonetheless. there are some sick waterbars that you can get air off of, just watcht your landing.

Recommended Route:
well, if you're into the whole DH/freeride thing then leave your buddies car at the bottom, and drive up to the top(skyline acess) with another car. go in and take harkins down, there's really no other way if you want to do this trail cause it's pretty straight. Whitmore Gulch trail is also sweet.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
VERY fun trail. whitmore gulch is even better though, check that one out.(same access point as harkins)



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Review Date
August 29, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pat , from mackellar

Summary:
I dug it. make sure you don't get too much air on those drainage trenches.

Recommended Route:
Start at the northern entrance to purisma creek on skyline drive. Ride down to harkins and continue to the bottom. Why would you ride up this? It's for downhill. No walkers on this smack either. Then, ride back up whittemore gulch.



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Review Date
May 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Budha Bomber , from Bay area

Summary:
Take this trail to the top and then Whittmore gulch down. This one is just a boring fire-road w/a gentle grade.

Recommended Route:
This trail is a good way to get to the top of Whittlore gulch, but that's about it...



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