ElevationAscent: 1,875' 571 m
Descent: -1,874' -571 m
High: 2,259' 689 m
Low: 486' 148 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
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“Gradual up and down through cool forested canyons, punctuated by open meadows and sweeping views.”— Alissa Bell
Wunderlich is closed to bikes, but most of it - including this trail - is open to equestrians.
The lower half of the park (below the Crossroads) can get a little crowded on summer weekends, but it's not usually a problem. The upper half of the park sees much less traffic.
To start out on Alambique Trail, head left from the parking lot and take the wide dirt path that parallels Woodside Road. The trail quickly heads into the trees and climbs steadily past several other junctions on the right. Around 2 miles, Alambique Trail turns left off the wider path (which continues as Oak Trail) onto a narrower trail. After a couple tight switchbacks, you'll pass the turnoff to Bear Gulch Trail on the right - you'll take this trail on the way back down. For now, continue climbing another 0.6 miles on Alambique Trail to The Crossroads, where you'll find two conveniently placed benches and the remnants of some very old trail signs being swallowed up by the bark of an old tree.
Heading through The Crossroads, take a hard right to continue on Alambique Trail, which snakes its way up the side of a canyon all the way to Skyline Blvd. There are some nice views to the right as you ascend. When you get to the power lines sweeping across the valley, you're almost at the top. At Skyline Blvd, you can choose to expand the loop into nearby Huddart or El Corte de Madera parks. Otherwise, take a left and head back downhill on Skyline Trail. When you reach the Crossroads again, continue downhill the way you originally came up - this will be the only 0.6 miles of trail you repeat in the entire hike.
Watch for the cutoff on the left to Bear Gulch Trail, a brief break from all the downhill that leads to the nicest view on the hike, known as The Meadows. Head through the gate to the left of the bench to continue down Bear Gulch Trail, with gradual switchbacks leading all the way back to the parking lot.
Land Manager: San Mateo County Department of Parks