Meet at the Purisima Creek trailhead on Purisima Creek Road. From the Highway 92 and Highway 1 intersection in Half Moon Bay, travel south on Highway 1 approximately 4.3 miles. Turn left on Verde Road. After turning on Verde Rd. and traveling 0.25 miles, continue straight to remain on what becomes Purisima Creek Rd. (Verde Rd. splits off to the right.) Travel approximately 3.7 miles on Purisima Creek Rd. to reach the Preserve.
You probably won’t find Grabtown but you’ll be close to where the lumber camp once existed. To reach the area you’ll climb about 1,400 feet from Purisima Creek up the Borden-Hatch Trail and return on the Grabtown Gulch Trail with a side trip to Bald Knob on this moderately-paced hike. Going through the redwoods and mixed forest, docents Sam Berry, Huey-Shin Yuan, and Theresa Walterskirchen will share stories about the history of logging in the area.
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