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About Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve in Half Moon Bay, California

Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is a stunning natural sanctuary located about five miles southwest of Half Moon Bay, California. Spread across more than 5,000 acres, this area offers a mix of coastal redwood groves, ferns, creeks, and panoramic views of Half Moon Bay it’s coastal beaches.

The star attractions are undoubtedly the towering redwoods, some of which are hundreds of years old. The forest floor is a lush tapestry of ferns, sorrel, and wildflowers in the spring, with occasional sightings of local wildlife such as deer, coyotes, and a plethora of bird species.

This Preserve is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering more than 24 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The trails vary from easy strolls to challenging climbs. One of the most popular routes is the Purisima Creek Trail, known for its gentle grade that meanders along the scenic Purisima Creek and through groves of ancient redwoods.

The North Ridge and the Whittemore Gulch trails offer more challenging hikes, ascending to higher elevations with sweeping views of the coastline and the Santa Cruz Mountains. For mountain bikers and horse riders, the multi-use Craig Britton Trail provides a pleasant ride through the hillside.

Higgins Canyon Rd & Purisima Creek Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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San Mateo, US
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June 21, 2023

Lower access to Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is temporarily closed due to storm damage to the access roads. Make sure you check the website before going.