San Jose, California
Purisima Creek Redwoods
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
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.
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
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.
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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NO dogs allowed, bring lots of water and a blanket to sit on during the meeting