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San Jose, California
May 16, 2015
Purisima Creek Redwoods
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Purisima Creek Redwoods
May 16, 2015
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The Place

The centerpiece of this 4,711 acre preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with its towering Redwoods, rushing creek, and understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Coastal scrub and hadwood forests of Tanoak, Madrone, and Douglas Fir boarder the cool moist canyon. Magnificant views of the coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.

Purisima


Twenty-four miles of developed trails and historical logging roads provide opportunities for easy walks or long strenuous hikes or rides. Remember to carry water on your hike, since the trails out of the canyon climb up to 1,600 feet

Purisima


The Hike

Level 3.5 - 8.0 Miles - Elevation 1,100'

The Purisima Creek Trail, an old logging road on the western side of the preserve, passes by an accessible restroom and continues at a gentle uphill grade for the first mile into the preserve, although there are a few short sections that are a 10%-15% grade. The trail follows along Purisima Creek, crossing the water over several bridges.

 

 

Purisima

Getting There


From San Jose,Take Highway 280 North to Highway 92 towards Half Moon Bay then take Highway 1 South approximately 4.5 miles. Turn left on Verde Road, After Turning on to Verde Road and traveling miles, continue straight to remain on what becomes Purisima Creek Road. Travel 3.7 miles to the preserve parking lot. (2805 Purissima Creek Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019)


Drive time
from San Jose is estimated at 70 minutes .





Purisima

Walking the Walk

This wide, multi-use trail is initially almost level, as it follows along the banks of the creek. Redwoods provide shade and habitat for many banana slugs, as well as redwood sorrel, thimbleberry, huckleberry, hazelnut, stream violet, trillium, ferns, starflower, and forget-me-not. Alder, elderberry, and big leaf maple occupy the middle ground, way below the redwoods but above the flowers and shrubs. Purisima Creek Trail stays cool on a hot day  

 

Purisima

 

 

Narrow Craig Britton Trail winds along canyon walls through a deep redwood forest. This quiet path is a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Chaparral on Soda Gulch TrailWater flows downhill, on the way to join Purisima Creek; the first bridge is a short distance from the junction. Look for clintonia blooming in late spring; in summer the plant's small blue berries are conspicuous. Craig Britton Trail rises to a grassy spot, where views to the south reveal the ridge with the preserve's highest elevation. The vegetation differs dramatically through this stretch, where monkeyflower, lizardtail, scorpionweed, poison oak, ceanothus, coffeeberry, creambush, strawberry, and honeysuckle accompany a few coast live oaks. As you continue to climb through the forest, look for a handful of huge tanoaks, as well as some maple, blue elderberry, and hazelnut. 

Know Before You Go

Hike start time promptly at 10am

NO dogs allowed, bring lots of water and a blanket to sit on during the meeting




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