New Meetup: Purisma Creek Open Space

From: Monica
Sent on: Sunday, September 26, 2010 8:59 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group!

What: Purisma Creek Open Space

When: Saturday, October 2,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Purisma Creek Open Space Preserve
Details will be provided the week of the Hike
Purisma Creek, CA

About Purisma Creek Open Space

We haven't been to Purisima since May! If it's hot, this is the place to hike so I thought I would add it to the schedule.

The centerpiece of this 3,360-acre preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with its towering redwoods, rushing creek, and understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Coastal scrub and hardwood forests of tanoak, madrone, and Douglas fir border the cool moist canyon. Magnificent views of the coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.

Twenty-one 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 and can be quite strenuous! The specially surfaced Redwood Trail, which is suitable for visitors of all physical abilities, winds through tall redwoods just off Skyline Boulevard. Visitors will find wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and a restroom along this flat easy route. The Redwood Trail was built through a grant from Peninsula Open Space Trust.

Hike Description:

This is a wonderful scenic hike through the redwoods along Purisima Creek. The centerpiece of this 3,360-acre preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with its towering redwoods, rushing creek, and understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Coastal scrub and hardwood forests of tanoak, madrone, and Douglas fir border the cool moist canyon. We will start by climbing the Harkins Ridge Trail then make our descent via Soda Gulch then complete the loop by taking the Purisima Creek Trail for a total of 7 miles.

MeetCarpool Info: Meet at 8:15 a.m.?at the Park and Ride on Arastradero Rd & Page Mill Rd, Los Altos.?Take 280 to Page Mill Road and turn left.?The Park & Ride is immediately on your left.

Driving Directions to the Trail Head: Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Higgins-Purisima entrance located south of Half Moon Bay. From Highway 92 and Highway 1 intersection, travel south on Highway 1 approximately 3.5 miles. Turn left on Verde Road. After turning on Verde Rd. and traveling ?-mile, continue straight to remain on what becomes Purisima Creek Road. (Verde Rd. splits off to the right.) Travel approximately 3.7 miles on Purisima Creek Rd. to reach the Preserve. Parking is available for approximately 5 cars so you may wish to carpool (see directions below.

Carpool:?Meet at 8:15 a.m.?at the Park and Ride on Arastradero Rd & Page Mill Rd, Los Altos.?Take 280 to Page Mill Road and turn left.?The Park & Ride is immediately on your left.

Optional Coffee/lunch afterwards at a local coffee shop in Half Moon Bay.

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