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One of my favorites.

hiking
14 days ago

It was a moderate hike with beautiful panoramic views all along way. Almost entire path is shaded unless it’s midday.

great trail, good to go in the morning. watch out for trail bikes.

Great hike. Beautiful trail. Hated. Hated the very end with a switch back 1/2 mile uphill. I made it! And glad I hiked that trail

Trail closed by cones before you get to it

A stunning trail. Make sure to check out the Zen Center at the start of the trail.

On private property..only walked for 5 min before hitting a locked gate. I would t walk this trail on private property.

Beautiful views. Minimal shade. Lots of fun to be had.

hiking
1 month ago

Scenery: 3.5
Views: 4.5
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 3
Shade: 4

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice gradual incline to the top with a great view of the bay especially on a clear day. Saw a rattlesnake near the bottom so be careful. Make sure you get there before 830am so you can get a parking spot. Small parking if you wanted to do the incline first but if you want to go downhill first then you can drive to the top which had more parking.

1 month ago

Well maintained, shaded trail for 85%.
Vegetation not as gorgeous like you find in forests but still nice, different.
Pretty decent ascent not hard at all.

Wonderful adventure! Gorgeous views & challenging.

Great hike, beautiful surroundings - Moderately strenuous hike

Well maintained paths and spectacular views of South Bay. Parking is tough so go early.

Definitely NOT moderate. This trail is HARD. Super steep incline and decline. The map also takes you on to private property,which probably explains why most of the track is not maintained. Only try this trail if you are looking for a serious hiking challenge. The upside was the terrific views at the top & cooling shade through most of it.

Beautiful hike! We started at around 8am and finished right as the fog burned off around 11. If I wasn’t photographing or carrying gear We could’ve done it in 2 hours or less. Parking was 8$ and you pay at the ranger station in the parking lot. Very well marked trail

Amazing views at the top.

2 months ago

Nice hike. Shaded all the way. One thing i don’t like is that it opens late; it says open and closes at sunrise and sunset, so you won’t be able to go there to see the sunrise. Bummer!

hiking
2 months ago

Tough for a beginner, all uphill, but a great trail!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a fairly straightforward hike. The trail is well maintained and not too heavily trafficked, especially early in the morning (i.e. 7am). The ascent is very gradual to the top and not strenuous with the exception of a few sets of stairs to reach the summit. The summit gives some great views of the surrounding area and some information on the history of the area.

Overall, this is a good hike that can be done fairly quickly and offers some good views.

2 months ago

It was a well maintained, shaded trail. There were a couple of really nice scenic view points...and deer! Caught glimpse of a creepy, rusted wrecked car on the way back...did someone drive off the main road and roll down the cliff?? I wish the building at the summit was open to wander around in...but overall a good hike!

Nice shaded hike. The second mile (going up to grabtown gulch) was a bit intense, but completely shaded. There were quite a few mosquitos when we stopped to eat something, but they didn’t bother us as long as we kept moving. The creek itself was quite nice, and there was trickling water along many parts of the hike.

There weren’t too many people on the upper trails, and parking was okay. We got lucky and got an actual parking spot, but most people had parked along the road, turning it into a one lane road (not that it’s much more than one lane to begin with). The road up to the the trail from highway 1 is a bit curvy and narrow, but not too long.

Great hike that you start from the ranger station. Enjoyed going down steep ravine and heading back up the dip sea trail, which loops you through a decent view at the top before getting back to station. Good amount of trees that kept us shaded. Finished in little less than 2 hours.

Hiked, walked and jogged these trails dozens of times. Lots of wild life to be seen!

Amazing ride, loved it!

Beautiful hike in the Redwoods. Pro’s: a lot of secluded moments amongst the gigantic trees. Cons: the last two miles were on a trail right next to the main road into the campground, where you go through a lot of campsites. Would definitely do the hike again - note that the first two miles are pretty straight up a hill. There is quite a bit of steep downhill miles 3 and 4. The whole hike is super well marked. Also well shaded. Don’t really need sunscreen but would recommend mosquito repellent!

3 months ago

Very nice trail, shaded most of the way. Elevation gain is graduate and not too steep. Beautiful recreation spots at the top: picnic tables with lots of shade, placards to teach about the place, the Indian tribes who lived here (and still have ceremonies here) and the history, beautiful overlook, even a restroom at the top (also at the beginning). took us 4 hours with lots of stops and breaks.

Loved the beginning and end of the hike. The part that runs along the creek. The other 4 miles were tough, but we did it. We took the 2nd right off of Purisma Creek Trail and hiked uphill for 1.5 miles, sat and refueled then followed the 2.5 mile decent back to Purisma Creek Trail, take a sharp left and take it to the parking lot. Take hiking stick(s) and plenty of water as well as a snack to give you fuel.

Great trail, we didn’t know what to expect. We actually started from Tennessee Trails, stopped by Pirates Cove, went to Muir Beach and then returned. That “small” hill going back was a beater for my boyfriend and I, but well worth it!

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