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Hiking through redwoods at a new midpeninsula preserve.

Hiking through redwoods at a new Midpeninsula preserve

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is so new that its trial system is still being developed and few of its trails are completely marked. But this 2,511-acre preserve on the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains just southeast of Half Moon Bay is open to hikers and offers 10 miles of trails through thick-trunked old-growth redwoods.

The preserve has two entry points. From the coast side, enter at the end of Higgins Purisima Road, which heads east from State Highway 1 just 1 mile south of Half Moon Bay. Parking is limited, so take care not to block the roadway. From the trailhead, you can hike up into the canyon along cool Purisima Creek and loop back along a wide fire road for a 2-mile walk. Eastern entry is from a small parking lot off Skyline Boulevard 4 1/2 miles south of its junction with State Highway 92. From here, the Harkins Fire Trail leads down to broad dirt Purisima Creek Road; head on it up the forested canyon to loop back to the parking lot on a 4-mile round trip.

Before setting out, call the Midpeninsula Open Space District at (415) 949-5500 to get a preserve map and an update on trail conditions. Or write to the headquarters at Suite 135, Building C, Old Mill Office Center, 201 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View 94040.
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Title Annotation:Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, California
Date:Jun 1, 1986
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