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Purisima Creek Redwoods

Address: Woodside, CA
Phone Number: 415-691-1200
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Woodside
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This 2,500-acre redwood preserve is a favorite for hikers, bikers and nature lovers.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This 2,500-acre redwood preserve is a favorite for hikers, bikers and nature lovers.
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Navarre, Florida
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228 reviews 228 reviews
93 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Quiet little park up in the hills outside of Half Moon Bay on the western slope of the Santa Cruz mountains with great nature trails through the redwood preserve. Look for the enormous yellow banana slugs! Very limited facilities but there is a pit toilet.

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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117 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I hiked this park twice while on vacation. The first was a short out and back along Purisima Creek trail. The second was a brutally steep hike up Purisima Creek to Grabtown Gulch, then down on Borden Hatch Mill trail. Despite the hellish hills up and down, the trails are exceptionally beautiful – even in the fog and overcast. Be... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I was driving on beautiful highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. its one of those iconic highway drives. There is a winery and several parks and open spaces on this drive. On a clear day, one can see to the Pacific Ocean on the West and to the East beautiful views of the urban area of the San Francisco... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A great alternative to the more well known forests in the Bay Area. We parked at the top of the mountain, walked down to the creek and then walked back up to the top again...never climbed a mountain that way before! There is a range of hiking paths which are well signposted. We were only there for three hours, so... More 

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boston, MA
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18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

i consider myself to be an enthusiastic hiker with only a moderate amt of stamina. i can hike forever on flat/mostly flat trails, but peeter out quickly with steep uphills. Hiked around 7 miles and got a great workout surrounded by beautiful redwood trees and ferns in the forest canopy. we started on the popular Purisima creek trail then turned... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very nice hike, but kinda steep; Beautiful tree, lovely fresh evergreen smell, beautiful vistas! You can do a long or short hike. Easy parking, however drive up the windy road (steed limit is 50 mph - some were going well over that) was scariest part.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I love Purisima Creek trails. You can do a 7 mile loop that goes through the redwood forest and into the open areas around it. Parts of the trail are very steep, but totally manageable, but the walk through the redwood forests is magical.

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Burlington, Vermont
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We chose this location because we did not have time to get to one of the parks to see the Giant Redwoods. We were there on a quiet Monday and there were still a number of cars in the parking lot. We passed mountain bikers, walkers and joggers on the trails. The paths are wide and maintained but there is... More 

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I did the Purisima Creek trail, to Craig Britton trail, then back down on the Harkins Ridge trail. I think Purisima is my favorite, close-to-Pacifica, park. The trails, while steep at the top, are beautiful through second-growth redwoods, a creek, many bridges, and a few open sunny spots. My only complaints are this park has gotten more popular than when... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is our favorite local place for a good hard hike starting from Skyline. Alice's place is a treat after. You can also start in Half Moon Bay and for the round trip hike - and then go get some fresh seafood! We climb up Harkins ridge with its 7 switchbacks which can feel like... More 

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