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Beautiful and mostly shaded. Went counterclockwise which meant exposure towards end on constant elevation gain-- might want to try the other way next time. Mostly shaded though and sounds of the creek throughout. Bathroom about 3 miles in, too.

Lovely hike. Started at the bottom and hiked up to Skyline. Hiked counterclockwise. Didn't see any animals other than people. Appreciated that most of it was in the shade. it was 10.1 mi.

This was my first proper hike. I planned to do a moderate difficulty one but ended up doing this. And it is not easy for a beginner like me to do. Doing it clockwise the last 1.2 miles were the toughest. The train was good, not very crowded (8:00 - 12:00). Parking is very limited. very few spaces were left when we parked (7:45am). Overall a very good experience!

Nice trail! Very picturesque and lots of it is shaded so makes for a good mid-day hike. However, parking lot gets full pretty fast, so the earlier the better.

About 2 miles longer than advertised.

Has GREAT jumps and rock gardens. If your on a bike go clockwise around the loop. Once you reach the creek. Be ready to do some serious climbing. The climbing is why I gave it 3 stars. Kicked my BUTT

Gorgeous trail! Steep going down at the beginning, highly recommend going counter-clockwise. Creek is a great spot for a break and lunch. Took us just under 4 hours including lunch. More like 10.5 miles. Saw a family of deer and lots of banana slugs and caterpillars.

I wanted to get the uphill portion out of the way first so I parked at the bottom and worked my way around counter-clockwise. Parking is limited at the bottom - I arrived around 8a and the lot was full and cars were lining up and parking along the entry road. By the time I left it was insanely busy down there. I’d say 2/3 of this 9 mile loop is shaded. There’s clearly a significant amount of overall climb but for the most part it was quite doable. I only struggled some towards the top where it was a bit steeper and fully exposed to the sun. Totally gorgeous forest setting and also great views to the ocean from the top. Bring bug spray for the first portions!! Some of the trails felt a bit narrow for accommodating hikers, horses, and bikers - I had a few uncomfortable moments with mountain bikers whizzing by.

Amazing hike from start to finish. Was tough coming back up but well worth it :)

Beautiful! I hiked in the evening and as I ascended out of the gulch I looked back to see the fog roll in from the ocean, engulfing the redwood forest. Very surreal.

Amazing diversity of terrain! Loved the redwoods and wildflowers. A new favorite hike!

Amazing diversity of terrain! Loved the redwoods and wildflowers. A new favorite hike!

Super muddy, but lots of salamanders and banana slugs!

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
3 months ago

Amazing views if you start from Skyline side all downhill until you reach the Purisma Creek Side and then all uphill. If i were to do it again, I would park on the Purisma creek parking lot, tackle uphill first and then enjoy way down through the views of the pacific.

Two of my girlfriends and I hopped on this trail today since our Skyline-to-the-Sea 25-mile-a-day plan fell through the cracks due to annual trail race happening there today. This trail didn't disappoint and actually provided a good insight as to how we will possibly do on that 25-mile trail later this month. There were plenty of wildflowers and no shortage of banana slugs either. Overall very pretty and quite strenuous hike that makes you feel good both WHILE competing and ONCE completed.

Quite Muddy in places but a beautiful trail. Feels like a fairytale forest in the depths of it. It's mostly moderate except the last 2 miles which are brutally uphill and without much shade.

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muddy
over grown
3 months ago

31May2019: The trail was very muddy in places, so make sure your have proper footwear. Arrived on Friday around 2:30pm and there was plenty of parking. The trail is basically a gradual descent into the gulch and then back up. Nearer to the top there are some incredible views, and then you descend into the redwood forest. I think it’s accurately rated as moderate. The trail is little hard to follow without checking your location in the map when the path forks. I wore shorts and was fine but I’d recommend wearing long pants/leggings because the brush is overgrown in places making the trail very narrow. The trail is mostly shaded but is very sunny in some spots, so I’d still recommend sunscreen and sunglasses. I was a bit pressed for time and it took me 3.5 hours.

Love this trail, especially when the marine layer is around! Super lush and green right now which makes it gorgeous, but also very muddy. All the extra wet is worth it though for the salamander sightings (in addition to the gazillion banana slugs).

Awesome trail! The parking lot is a decent size but can fill up quick. I arrived around 8:30 AM and pulled into one of the last remaining spots. There is extra parking alongside the road though. The trail has a good mixture of shade and sun. For the most part you’ll hike alongside the river which offers nice rest spots and fallen trees to walk on for good photo moments (careful though). Some parts of the path were muddy so bring good shoes/boots. The last part of the hike has a steep ridge which can be challenging for some. I was def sucking some wind but it was a nice challenge. The trail has a little something for everyone. Ran into hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Definitely recommended!

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muddy
4 months ago

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