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“Amazing redwood , without the crowds”

Purisima Creek Redwoods
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Woodside
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Owner description: This 2,500-acre redwood preserve is a favorite for hikers, bikers and nature lovers.
New York City, New York
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Amazing redwood , without the crowds”
Reviewed 28 June 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 - can accommodate for accessibility needs (in some routes) , also for kids and more experienced hikers as well.

Visited August 2012
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Menlo Park, California
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120 reviews
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“Great workout and views”
Reviewed 30 January 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.

Visited January 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Misty river path among second-growth redwoods”
Reviewed 22 December 2012

I cycled up Higgins Canyon Road from Half Moon Bay (where the friendly staff at Bike Works, Kelly Street had effected a last minute repair on my bike, I recommend them) to reach the entrance to the park where it meets Purisima Creek Road, there are restrooms at the small car park here but bring your own toilet paper. If I thought the ride up the road was steep (although views were good, especially looking back down the road), the broad Purisima Creek Trail within the Preserve felt steeper. I regretted not being able to go back down any of the narrower 'Gulch' trails but pushed on to one of the other entrances to the Preserve off the Skyline Boulevard. At this latter entrance, the short Redwood Trail is more accessible to people with disability.

At the car park, under the map board, you can help yourself to a leaflet containing a simple contour map of the park and its trails (also downloadable from the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Reserve website) with some description of these trails and of the history of logging and sawmills in the area. Purisima Creek Trail, as its name suggests, follows the creek along the floor of the valley and is shaded by second growth redwoods (the original older larger trees having been cut down, there are other preserves in California with larger, older Sequoia but these are pretty impressive already). I imagine it is perfect in summer when you want shade from the sun and the misty coolness would be a relief. At the time I went, in winter, it was quite muddy in places and certainly you would need walking boots if hiking or off-road tyres if cycling on this trail. I can't comment on the Harkins Ridge Trail which may offer better views of the Pacific, if it is not wooded.

Visited December 2012
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Spring Creek, Nevada
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
“Great Hiking”
Reviewed 1 December 2012

Beautiful scenery, great hike any time of year. Be careful during big rain storms. Bring water, picnic in backpack & you'll have a great day.

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SW Florida
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56 reviews
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“Wild ride up to this calming walk!”
Reviewed 25 September 2012

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!

Visited September 2012
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