Hiker on the Borden Hatch Trail in Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve by Karl Gohl.

Purisima Creek Redwoods Multimodal Access Project

Hiker on the Borden Hatch Trail in Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve by Karl Gohl.

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is one of Midpen’s most beloved preserves. With a large network of trails and wonderful opportunities to explore redwood forests and connect with nature, parking demand often exceeds space during peak visitation hours, holidays and weekends. 

This study is assessing what transportation demand management strategies could be appropriate for Purisima Creek Redwoods at a preserve-wide level.

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Virtual Public Meeting Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.

Join the Midpen board members on our Planning and Natural Resources Committee for a public meeting to learn about and comment on the preferred trail alignment and conceptual parking area designs for the Purisima-to-the-Sea Trail. When built, this long-envisioned trail will link the California Coastal Trail to the existing trail network in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, including the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

The project is guided in part by the early results of a soon-to-be
completed study of public access to Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve that seeks proposed strategies for promoting greener modes of travel and better managing parking and visitation at this popular preserve. On August 2, Midpen’s PNR Committee held a public meeting to learn about the results of data collection and visitor survey efforts and to review the proposed transportation demand management strategies being recommended. The committee voted on the proposed strategies, which will now be incorporated into a draft report for further committee review at a public meeting later this year.

The October 11 public meeting agenda, staff report and zoom link will be available online on October 7.

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The Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve Multimodal Access Study began in July 2021. The goals of the project are to:

  • Evaluate existing preserve parking, access and visitation.
  • Identify strategies to address parking and traffic issues, manage visitation and increase greener modes of transit.
  • Develop an implementation plan for recommended strategies. 

The results and recommendations that come out of this study will also help inform other projects happening concurrently in Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve including the Purisima-to-the-Sea Trail and Parking Area Project and the Highway 35 Multiuse Trail Crossing and Parking Lot Expansion Feasibility Study which is exploring the possibility of extending and connecting the Bay Area Ridge Trail at this preserve. 

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Project Details

The purpose of this study is to evaluate existing parking resources and access at the Preserve, clarify the parking and access challenges that exist, understand visitor behavior and visitation patterns, identify strategies that will address parking demand and traffic issues, increase greener modes of transit and better manage visitation, and develop an implementation plan. The study seeks a variety of transportation demand management solutions that will respond to Purisima Creek Redwood’s unique location, environment, visitation characteristics and access conditions.

The project team will continue conducting public engagement on proposed transportation demand management strategies in early 2022 including a visitor survey to be released later this spring.

Purisima Creek Redwoods Multimodal Access Study Area

As the study gets underway we will share findings, information and public input opportunities on this project webpage. The project scope of work includes: 

  • Surveying visitors at the three existing parking areas during peak visitation. 
  • Collecting data on visitors per car, type of visitor and traffic and circulation patterns.
  • Assessing existing trailheads and the potential Purisima-to-the-Sea Trail parking area.
  • Engaging public stakeholders.
  • Supporting diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
  • Developing an implementable action plan with clear next steps.


June 23, 2021Public meeting: Midpen board of directors awards contract to a consultant for the Purisima Creek Redwoods Multimodal Access Study.
December 1, 2021Public workshop: Multimodal project update provided with Purisima-to-the-Sea presentation to Midpen board of directors. (Agenda, staff report and minutes)
Summer 2021 - Summer 2022Conduct study and engage with community stakeholders.
March 15, 2022Public meeting: Preliminary findings and transportation demand strategies to Midpen Planning & Natural Resources Committee. (Agenda, staff report and minutes)
Spring 2022Visitor survey on transportation demand strategies.
Fall 2022 - Winter 2023Finalize report and bring to Midpen board of directors for approval (public meeting TBD).