This 7-mile loop follows a creek through a canyon, climbs uphill through chaparral, then descends through second growth redwoods with nice vistas. The elevation gain is about 1100’. It’s about have in the sun and half in the shade. Dogs are not permitted in this open space preserve.
• From 280 in San Mateo County, take CA 92 west (exit 34), drive down to Half Moon Bay
• Left (south) on CA 1, drive one mile
• Left on Higgins Canyon Road, drive about 4.5 miles on this winding road
• Park at trailhead on left side of road, just past a tiny white bridge
The planned route is: Purisima Creek Trail > Soda Gulch Trail > Harkins Ridge Trail
Here’s a link to park map: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_purisima.pdf