If you are staying in Half Moon Bay and want some foresty exercise, come up to Purisima Creek Preserve. It has several entrances; we took the Higgins-Purisima Road access and it was quite challenging. Costant switchbacks with one lane access- we were tooting our horn at every corner for a while. Our best advice: take the Purisima Road access which is further down HWY 1 a couple of miles, but you will not be terrified during the drive. It ends up at the same parking area. So, we got there, and it's only got about 10 parking spots... late arrivers parked up the street off-road. We noted the signage for mountain lions, rattlesnakes, ticks, etc, but saw none of them. The Creek trail is about a mile long, before splitting off into other multi mile options Three other trails start at the trail head, as well.. It was cool and sunny, and the redwoods and deciduous trees were gorgeous along side of the babbling brook. Tremendous height trees and huge burned out or cut down stumps showed how big the first growth forest was originally. We only spent an hour hiking in and out of the Creek trail before going down to the coastal trail along the water, but this is a must see alternative to the beaches!
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