Situated on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and nestled between Half Moon Bay to the east and Woodside to the west, Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve overlooks Half Moon Bay in one of the more verdant areas of the California Central Coast. Here, redwood and other coniferous canopies climb high up into the canyon to seek out the light, while below, year-round spring-fed Purisma Creek joins a succulent forest floor home to a variety of fern, moss and other lush flora. Always a welcome and cool hike during hot summers, on more saturated or foggy days, the area is home to a multitude of Banana Slug while occasionally you may glimpse a rare, small Steelhead in the clear, still pools of Purisma Creek itself.- 4 to 10 mile hikes available (more on request)- 2.5 to 5 hour Average trail times- 1,500 to 2,200 feet Average Elevation Gain- 5 Trailheads to start from... - Grabtown Gulch Trailhead - https://tinyurl.com/ycsdqr3k - Walker Gulch, Higgins Road Trailhead - https://tinyurl.com/y6uojkka - North Ridge Trailhead - https://tinyurl.com/ybvualz8
An avid backpacker, hiker, road cyclist, fly angler and camper, I have packed, mountain climbed, rock climbed camped and fished in some of the more remote areas of California for 40 years. Well versed and at home in more wild areas and off-beaten paths of the California Central & Northern Coast, Sierra and Cascade Range, I embrace getting well away from the crowds while maximizing the experience of being in the outdoors.