Let's hike Purisima Creek Redwoods

  • November 17, 2013 · 9:30 AM

Purisima Creek Redwoods is a buffet of the best elements of Bay Area hiking: great ocean views, towering redwood trees, fern-filled canyons, and almost no people. So, let's take a 10-mile journey that touches all the highlights of this northern Santa Cruz Mountain preserve. We'll start with a descent that serves up big views of Half Moon Bay and Pillar Point. The path along the North Ridge and Whittemore Gulch Trails winds in and out of the sun, through trees and down to the park's namesake creek, which flows year-round through a shaded green canyon. We'll go past tall sycamores and second-growth redwoods before the 2.3-mile gradual climb up the Purisima Creek Trail (the forest canopy). This leads to a 2.6-mile stretch along skinny, canyon-hugging Soda Gulch Trail, traversing redwoods and wooden bridges. End with the hardest part of the trip, a 1.4-mile climb up Harkins Ridge. 

Meet at the Purisima Creek Redwoods North Ridge Trail trailhead on Skyline Blvd. (Hwy. 35), 4.5 miles south of Hwy. 92. 

Here's a link to the map - http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_purisima.pdf

here's the details - We'll take the hikers-only trail .5 mile down. Turn right on the North Ridge Trail, and go .5 mile. Make a left on Whittemore Gulch Trail and hike 2.8 miles down to Purisima Creek. Cross the bridge and continue up the Purisima Creek Trail for 2.3 miles. Make a left on Soda Gulch Trail and go 2.6 miles. At Harkins Ridge Trail make a right and climb 1.4 miles back to the trailhead. No dogs.

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  • David

    great hike, thanks, josh, for organizing

    November 22, 2013

  • Christian L.

    I had a great time meeting you all. Great hike.

    November 17, 2013

  • Grant

    Line for the bathroom was too long

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Kami

    Sorry. Won't be able to make it. Don't think i'll have enough time. Have fun.

    November 17, 2013

  • Amy P.

    Under the weather this a.m., will have to pass on this hike :( Sorry to miss it, sounds like a good one!

    November 17, 2013

  • Michele

    I'll be driving from SF as well - if anyone still needs a ride.

    November 12, 2013

    • Leo S.

      Any chance you still have room in your car?

      November 15, 2013

    • John F.

      Same question, I'd be coming from nob hill but could meet anywhere

      November 16, 2013

  • Grant

    Forming catpool from eastbay. Email me.

    November 16, 2013

  • Gary J

    Issues arise with Sunday...have to bow out

    November 15, 2013

  • Kami

    Am new to the city. I really want to go and RSVP'd that I would. However, I am also supposed to be looking at Open Houses later in the afternoon to secure permanent housing. So...how long do you think this hike will last? I assume 4mph/hr on flat pavement plus travel time so am trying to have fun but also not over commit. I also want to be respectful to commit and not show up. Any guidance, would be appreciated! Thanks.

    November 15, 2013

  • Vlad

    I am driving from Pleasant Hill/Concord. If anyone needs a ride from here, let me know.

    November 12, 2013

    • Elana S.

      Hi, can you pick me up in Berkeley?

      November 13, 2013

    • Vlad

      Hi Elana. I could pick you in Berkeley at the Ashby Bart Station. Please send me an email (via Meetup) if it works for you.

      November 14, 2013

  • Leo S.

    If like to come, but I would need a ride from Nob Hill.

    November 14, 2013

  • Ari

    Need a ride for me (and maybe my partner) from SF.

    November 11, 2013

    • Michele

      I'll be coming from Russian Hill so more than happy to stop in mission to pick you up.

      November 12, 2013

  • Amy P.

    Coming from Mountain View, may be able to carpool!

    November 12, 2013

  • Barbara

    Is anyone driving from the East Bay, by chance? I would love to attend, but don't have a ride. Thanks!

    November 12, 2013

  • Fred R.

    Leaving from Palo Alto

    November 11, 2013

  • Manuel

    Looking for a ride from SF!

    November 11, 2013

  • Mike B.

    I'm coming from San Jose if any one wants to carpool

    November 11, 2013

  • Dave B.

    Sorry to have to miss this one!

    November 11, 2013

  • Dave B.

    Sorry to have to miss this one!

    November 11, 2013

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