Monday, October 7, 2013

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks:
Week Six
Purisima Creek Redwood Open Space Preserve

Bigleaf maple leaves litter the trails at Purisima Creek Redwoods this month.

What it's like:
This one's a seven mile loop through redwood-stuffed canyons south of Half Moon Bay.

Why now:
Look for colorful orange leaves on bigleaf maples while trekking on mostly-shaded and well-graded paths.

Can't make it this week:
As long as trails aren't too muddy, this is an incredible winter hike. Spring is lovely too, with a variety of wildflowers in the woods and chaparral.

Insider tip:
Beware of the Halloween pumpkin-seeking hoards, who descend into Half Moon Bay this time of year. If you're planning a visit to Purisima Creek on a weekend, consider starting this hike from the Skyline Boulevard trailhead.

Purisima Creek Redwoods is hike 48 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition). Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
Joaquin Miller Park is a little-known redwood enclave, in Oakland!

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