Purisima Creek - East Entrance - Route VI
17.6 miles     3600 ft
26 Dec 2010
Summary

Long loop through Purisima Creek Redwoods that goes through all three entrances: east, north and west.

Location: Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: High quality map.

» Redwoodhikes Trail Map: Great map showing many parks like Purisima Creek, Huddart, Wunderlich, El Corte De Madera, Foothills, Hidden Villa and Rancho San Antonio. Trail maps for individual parks are available online for free. However, the RedwoodHikes map shows the big picture and is helpful for planning hikes that go through multiple parks.

Route

To North Entrance (5.6 miles): From East Entrance on Skyline Blvd, follow Purisima Creek Trail (1.8 miles) → right on Craig Britton Trail (2.6 miles) → right on Harkins Ridge Trail (0.9 miles) → right on North Ridge Trail (0.3 miles) to return to trail head.

To West Entrance (3.8 miles): From North Entrance, follow North Ridge Trail (1.0 miles) → left on Whittemore Gulch Trail (2.8 miles) to reach West Entrance.

To East Entrance (8.2 miles): From West Entrance, follow Purisima Creek Trail (1.0 miles) → right on Borden Hatch Mill Trail (2.7 miles) → left on Grabtown Gulch Trail (1.5 miles) → right on Purisima Creek Trail (3.0 miles) to East Entrance on Skyline Blvd.

Trailhead

Location: along Skyline Blvd, about 0.3 miles north of its intersection with Kings Mountain Road . No street address. Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.

Directions: The trailhead is actually a part of Huddart Park, and it is right across a parking lot and trailhead for Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. It lies on Highway 35 (Skyline Bllvd), three-tenths of a mile north of Kings Mountain Rd and 6.5 miles south of Highway 92.

From Highway 280, take Woodside Rd (Highway 84) exit going west. Turn right on Kings Mountain Road. Turn right on Skyline Blvd (Highway 35). The trailhead for Purisima Creek is about 0.3 miles away. There is parking space for about 10-11 cars.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: May 2010)

Capacity: About 10 cars may be parked here.

Latitude: 37.430215     Longitude: -122.313441

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