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All Midpen Preserves are open to the public free of charge, 365 days a year from dawn until one-half hour after sunset.

Overview | Directions and Parking | Features | Trails | Regulations

 

OVERVIEW

The Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is located on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. Magnificent views of the coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve. The preserve was established with a gift of $2 million from the Save-the-Redwoods League.

 

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

The preserve's main entrance and the North Ridge Trail trailhead are located on Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35), 4.5 miles south of Highway 92. Parking is available for 30 cars.

Get personalized driving directions to main entrance from Google Maps.


For access to the Redwood Trail or Purisima Creek Trail, there is an 11-car parking area at the trailhead 6.5 miles south of Highway 92.

The Preserve's western access point is accessible from Purisima Creek Road. From the Highway 92 and Highway 1 intersection in Half Moon Bay, travel on Highway 1 south approximately 4.3 miles. Turn left on Verde Road. After turning on to Verde Road and traveling 1/4-mile, continue straight to remain on what becomes Purisima Creek Road. (Verde Road splits off to the right.) Travel approximately 3.7 miles on Purisima Creek Road to reach the Preserve. Parking is available for approximately 5 cars.

 

FEATURES

Purisima Creek Redwoods

The centerpiece of this 4,711-acre preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with its towering redwoods, rushing creek, and understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Coastal scrub and hardwood forests of tanoak, madrone, and Douglas fir border the cool moist canyon. Magnificent views of the coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.

 

TRAILS

Twenty-four miles of developed trails and historical logging roads provide opportunities for easy walks or long, strenuous hikes or rides. Remember to carry water on your hike, since the trails out of the canyon climb up to 1,600 feet and can be quite strenuous!

  • The specially surfaced Redwood Trail, which is suitable for visitors of all physical abilities, winds 1/4-mile through tall redwoods just off Skyline Boulevard. Visitors will find wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and a restroom along this flat easy route. The Redwood Trail was built through a grant from Peninsula Open Space Trust.

  • The Purisima Creek Trail, an old logging road on the western side of the preserve, passes by an accessible restroom and continues at a gentle uphill grade for the first mile into the preserve, although there are a few short sections that are a 10%-15% grade. The trail follows along Purisima Creek, crossing the water over several bridges.

Download a map of Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve


REGULATIONS

Below is a list of some basic regulations that will help to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit.

  • Hours: Preserves are open a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). Download Bicycle Access Guidelinespdf
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. Riders under 18 years of age are required to wear a helmet on all District land. Download Equestrian Access Guidelinespdf
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.

  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.

  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.

  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves.

  • Plants and Animals: Please leaves plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution.

  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.
Download District Regulations and Ordinancespdf

 


Latest News

New Bald Mountain Parking Area at Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve now open!
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(10/29/14 )


Activities at the Preserve

12/20/2014
Winter Fungus Walk

01/10/2015
Explorations in Fungi

02/08/2015
Under the Redwoods

02/08/2015
Explorations in Fungi

02/14/2015
Redwood Oxygen

02/21/2015
Winter Fungus Walk

02/22/2015
The Other Side of Purisima Creek Redwoods


Ideas for...

Equestrians

Hikers

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Trail Conditions

The Whittemore Gulch Trail is CLOSED to bicyclists and equestrians.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that seasonal trail closures may change from day to day without notice, based on changing weather conditions. Also note that during winter storm season high waters can make creek crossings hazardous, so plan your outing accordingly.

Last updated on: 11/22/2014


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