Purisima Creek Redwoods

Purisima Creek Redwoods, Woodside: Address, Phone Number, Purisima Creek Redwoods Reviews: 4.5/5

Purisima Creek Redwoods
4.5
Biking Trails • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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This 2,500-acre redwood preserve is a favorite for hikers, bikers and nature lovers.
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Michael K
656 contributions
Gorgeous redwood trail next to a creek
Jun 2020
There is a 0.6-mi out and back trail through the redwoods at the Higgins Road Trailhead that is simply gorgeous. It is easily accesible even for people on wheelchairs and babies on strollers. For people living in the San Francisco Bay Area, this is more convenient than the Muir Woods National Monument in the north and there is no need to make reservations. The babbling of the Purisima Creek running through the redwoods further enhances the peace and tranquility of the park. There are two approaches to the park from Highway 1. The one closer to the city of Half Moon Bay is the Higgins Canyon Road. DO NOT take this road. It is down to one-lane in some sections and with blind corners, it is very dangerous. Take the Purisima Creek Road about 3 mi. further south on Highway 1 instead. It is straighter and wider. One problem with the Higgins Road Trailhead is that parking is inadequate. There is only parking for about half a dozen cars at the trailhead itself. There is some overflow parking along the side of the Purisima Creek Road before the No Parking sign. If no parking is available, you might have to wait until somebody leaves. But it is all worth it when you step onto the redwood trail.
Written July 22, 2020
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tim p
California193 contributions
must visit if in area
Feb 2020
If you want to see California Redwoods without the longer drive, make the trip to this spot. Trails are awesome, peaceful and absolutely beautiful.

WARNING!!! the drive over is beautiful but absolutely scary unless you have been warned and know it's coming. there are parts of the drive where it basically one lane and maximum of 15-20 miles an hour. I had to pull over to let another car pass. Ride over freaked me out but ride back was easy.

it was an absolute wonderful visit
Written March 2, 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA116,356 contributions
Nice Redwoods and Hiking Trails - Purisma Creek Redwoods, Woodside, Ca
Feb 2020
I went for a hike in Purisma Creek Redwoods. Its a pretty place with redwoods. The trails are good for hiking. There are allso ferns.
Written February 21, 2020
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Kenneth P
4 contributions
Gorgeous place, limited parking
Jun 2019
There are several trails to choose from--some are quite long and others can be done within an hour or 2, so be sure to do your research on trails ahead of time--especially since there is little or no cell phone coverage once you descend into the canyon. Absolutely breathtaking views from some trails. Depending upon which trailhead you start from, there is parking for about 20-30 cars in one lot and only parking for less than 10 cars at the other trailhead. Again, do your research and/or speak to a park ranger (the rangers and people on the phone for the park system are all very friendly and helpful).
Written September 9, 2019
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sunjoe075
Princeton, NJ1,478 contributions
Flexible hiking trails
Jul 2019 • Friends
You have the choices of 1 mile to several miles, the choice of shady trails or open air trails, the choices of flat trails or steep trails, view of the hills or the creeks, the choices are endless. We came in purisima road off route 35. The trail options are plenty. If your objective is to see the creek, you may want to come in via route 1. We did it on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The traffic on 35 was unbearable. Mostly are heading into half moon bay. We were very happy to get off at purisima creek road. The small parking lot was all filled. People were parked along the highway. But it is a huge park. We were never feel crowded once in the trails. Highly recommended

Written July 29, 2019
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kbw0rldtraveler
Boston, MA30 contributions
Most enchanting place I've ever seen
Apr 2019 • Family
This nature preserve is so enchanting. Depending on the entrance you go to, there are big and narrow trails to follow. I absolutely love this place.
Written July 9, 2019
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Sel S
San Mateo, CA115 contributions
Hiking
Jun 2019 • Couples
Went here for a hike early June
Weather was Chilly at 9am with all the trees covering the trails.
Very quiet unless the other hikers were talking
There are a few trails to choose from.
Very pretty & will return again
Written June 4, 2019
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Susan L
Hillsborough, CA38 contributions
beauty close to home
Aug 2018 • Friends
avoid the crowds of Muir woods and enjoy a lovely day hiking some first and second growth redwoods. For mountain biking head south the El Corte Madera but for hiking this is the bomb. You will descend and ascend close to 2000 feet, one must be in good physical condition for these trails, no WATER or food, come prepared.
Written August 13, 2018
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Tai K
El Cajon, CA76 contributions
not much to see
Jul 2018 • Business
We thought that there would be more to see here. Hoped for wild flowers and got a flock of turkeys instead.
Written August 8, 2018
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Edwin D
Fremont, CA28 contributions
Walk in the woods
Aug 2018 • Couples
A great walk to do if you are near Half Moon Bay. We parked at the lower entrance on the side of the road. The actual parking lot for the park has fewer than 10 spaces but a bunch of cars parked on the wide shoulder just outside the park.
Once in the park you have a number of possible trails to take. The one along the creek is mostly flat at first and then an incline to the upper entrance. It is not steep but does gain a few hundred feet. The only downside to the park is that there are no loop trails unless you want to do more than six miles with elevation change.
Lots of nice shady trees during the hike along and our local friends the banana slugs (we saw about 30 on our 5 mile jaunt).
Note: The park allows horses but no dogs.
Written August 5, 2018
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