Hike length: ~12.5 miles
Elevation gain: ~ 3100 feet
Expected duration of hike: 6.5 hours
Hike description: This challenging hike begins at the southern trailhead on Skyline Blvd (about 2 miles south of the main parking area). We'll descend ~1400 feet through new-growth redwoods along the Purisima Creek Trail to the Borden Hatch Mill Trail. We will ascend the Borden Hatch Mill Trail to the Bald Knob, Irish Ridge, and Lobitos Creek trails, and have lunch before heading back by way to the Grabtown Gulch and Purisima Creek trails. There are some steep sections on this hike, and depending on how much rain there has been, the trials may be very muddy and generally wet.
A map of Purisima Creek: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_purisima.pdf
Time to meet at trailhead: 9:15 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. start. Parking is limited to ~10 cars.
8:50 a.m.: No host at the park and ride at Edgewood and I-280.
8:40 a.m.: No host at Lucky supermarket parking lot, 2175 Grant Rd., Los Altos (park near Grant Rd. side of lot).
8:50 a.m.: No host at the park and ride Page Mill and I-280.
Directions to trailhead: The Purisima Creek Trailhead is about 6 miles north of Highway 84 – about ½ mile north of Kings Mountain Road and Highway 35. It is about about 6.5 miles south of Highway 92. Going north it is on the left. Going south it is on the right. There is a dirt parking area for about 10 cars.
What to bring: Water (2 liters), lunch and trail snacks, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, something to sit on as the ground may be damp. Please bring a treat to share at the end of the hike. Dress warmly and in layers; the temperatures can vary over the course of the hike.
HEAVY rain cancels.
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