The natural beauty of Half Moon Bay, California is truly something special. From pristine beaches to stately forests and colorful wildflowers, the area offers a variety of landscapes for visitors to enjoy. The Mill Rose Inn is surrounded by beautiful flora year round, but be sure to venture out and see the redwoods, one of nature’s greatest achievements. If you want to experience one of California’s true wonders, a visit to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is a must.
The Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is located on the western edge of Kings Mountain in Woodside and gets its name from Purisima Creek, which flows through the area along with several tributaries. The preserve is part of a series of 26 Open Space Preserves in California, which together total almost 62,000 acres of land. Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve has great views overlooking Half Moon Bay. The coastal redwoods are the most notable residents of the forest, but other hardwood trees such as tanoak, Dougas firs and madrones. The 3,360 acre preserve has over 21 miles of trails in the preserve for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
There are several possible hikes to take through the Purisima Creek Redwoods. The Redwood Trail is an all-access path measuring a .3 miles one way. The Redwood Trail is well shaded, making it a great place for a hike on warmer days. The Craig Britton Trail winds through the redwoods and joins with the Harkins Ridge Trail, which is a steep drop back to the trail head, making a 7 mile loop. The Bald Knob Trail is an extremely quiet and hike of 3.6 miles that takes hikers through the woods and offers views of the ocean. The North Ridge Trail is another 3.6 mile hike that will take you to a meadow with fabulous views of the redwoods as well as the Pacific Ocean. In Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, it is easy to find the hike perfect for your needs.
If hiking isn’t your style, Purisima Creed Redwoods Open Space Preserve is also an ideal place for cyclists and equestrians to ride the trails. Whittemore Gulch Trail is a singletrack cycling trail with rides of up to 10 miles. Riders love the descent of 1000 feet as well as its tight turns, and of course the views of the redwoods. Guided bike rides like the Banana Slug Redwood Ride take you through the forest to scenic viewing points. For a calendar of activities in all the Open Space Preserves including the Purisima Creek Redwoods, click here.
When planning your visit to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn. Our elegant guest rooms and suites offer travelers classic European elegance with the modern conveniences they expect in their home away from home. And don’t forget each stay includes a full champagne breakfast each morning, so you’ll be ready to take on whatever the day has in store, whether it be a visit to the Purisima Creek Redwoods or one of Half Moon Bays many other attractions. We look forward to having you with us soon.
Photo courtesy Paul Hamilton.