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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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Burlington, Vermont
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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222 helpful votes 222 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Bristow, Oklahoma, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We explored the Redwoods here for about 2 hours! So beautiful!!! The parking lot has room for 5 cars. The trees, the undergrowth and the river (creek), is magnificent. The trail we traveled was wide and manicured. If was so spectacular just outside the busy city! I would highly recommend this place!

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Triad, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I arrive in Half Moon Bay, CA, and asked the hotel manager for receommendations on local walking trails. The Purisima Redwoods was receommended. I drove, parked, picked up a trail map and headed in. What a delightful and peaceful environment. And the Redwoods ..... fantastic. You can plan a short stroll or a vigorous hike. Trails are adequately marked for... More

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Woodside, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The trails here are well kept, but very rustic. The coastal redwoods are the center of attention here, but the views of the Pacific Ocean (4 miles away) from some spots are stunning. Remember, where you find redwoods, you'll find fog. The parking lot is at 2000', so be prepared for cool, damp weather... it is the norm, except for... More

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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Amazing place to see redwood. I hiked about 11 miles there. I started at the bottom of the creek (totally shaded by the trees) and worked up to the summits. As you go up , you just "climb" with the redwood trees - they are so tall here. Wonderful place to visit and a great hike. Many different routs -... More

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Menlo Park, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
42 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Went hiking in January and thought we would end up doing the loop but ended up doing about a 6 mile out & back because the view was just too hard to pass up. Barely saw another soul on the trail either. Well maintained and definitely challenging in some places with the incline but amateur hikers can handle this.

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