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Purisima Creek Redwoods

Woodside, CA
415-691-1200
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Woodside
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: This 2,500-acre redwood preserve is a favorite for hikers, bikers and nature lovers.
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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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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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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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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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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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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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

It took about 2.5 hours to hike the Purisima Creek trail (7.7 miles). On the path, there are nice redwoods, flowers & view of half moon bay. I started from skyline blvd side. I saw banana slugs and several kids of butterflies on the way. The park does not have many amenities but it is a nice one nonetheless.

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There are several ways to reach this beautiful park. Easiest trailhead to find is on Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35), about 4 miles south of the intersection of 35 and 92. This trailhead can accommodate about 20 cars. But the best way to do this hike, imho, is from the bottom. Take highway 1 South of Half Moon Bay about 8... More

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