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A fine hike. Good mix of uphill, downhill and some flat. Mostly in eucalyptus forest. The only caution is that the trails are not marked and cell coverage is spotty. So download the map and use the gps when you are unsure - which is a lot.

Perfect place. It’s a wonderful air with redwood aroma, dears and squirrels. A little bit harder: too much elevation gain.

Great length of hike and definitely I’d rate this as moderate l. Steep dusty uphills are rewarded with nice downhills in intervals. The views along the way are absolutely worth the sweat! Bring a jacket if it’s foggy because on the way back you’ll need it in the areas with all the trees! We’ll do this one again for sure.

Beautiful views

This is a beautiful trail with scenic views. Followed the suggestion and went anti clockwise because that helped. This was almost a hard hike.


The distance shows 9.4 miles but that’s wrong. It took about 11 miles to complete. So be aware of that discrepancy. Also make sure you carry plenty of water. You will need it.

This trail is pretty nice, good variety of things to see, including some good views, but I agree with Ryan H. that it would have been even nicer in the spring when the creekbeds weren't dry. "Moderate" is an optimistic difficulty rating, I've done "Hard" trails that were easier than this. It's long, with lots of uphill, and I was relieved that I wasn't backpacking to the campground. We left + returned from Ben Ries campground which allowed us to skip the steep downhill on Nuevo.

This is an excellent hike ranging between moderate to hard depending in personal stamina. We did the complete 9.8 mile starting from North ridge, whittmore gulch, purisima Creek, Craig britton, Harkins ridge and back again North ridge.
elevation gain is good towards the last 2 miles. start early as it takes around 5-6 hours to complete

Good fun. Few people

Go COUNTER CLOCKWISE! Did the Loop clockwise. Started at 9:15am. First 2/3 of the trail was shaded and scenic. Last 1/3 was steep and full of flies. Definitely a moderate/hard gorgeous hike.

A terrific little hike! Far more steep than I was expecting (this was hike #2 of the day!), but gorgeous views and enough variety of terrain to make it interesting. I recommend some shoes with very good grip, as portions of this dirt trail can get a little slippery. I was going at a pretty good clip and it took about 90 minutes. If you're looking for something a little longer, I'd recommend combining with the Devil's Slide trail which is right next door. I popped over to that trail briefly and saw whales surfacing!

A lot of walking across freeways or on the side of the road but great views and a good mix of hills and ocean.

Great hike, beautiful surroundings - Moderately strenuous hike

We started from the North Ridge trail parking lot. It’s a really great hike with stunning views on the ocean, followed by being surrounded by the redwood trees. Then a rather easy walk along the creek, followed by a steep climb. It’s a proper workout in the end, but a very satisfying hike!

This is such a gorgeous trail - right along the ocean and very few people! 20 minutes from the city

Did a quick 9.5 miles in about 3.5 hours. Definitely start the loop via Jackson Flats; I can imagine the immediate switchbacks the other way would be enough to scare people off. It was much easier coming down Nuevo.

A lot of different biomes are covered in this hike, but it’s mostly shade. A few times you break out onto a ridge and get some sun, but never too much. The way I went there definitely is significant elevation gain, even if no stint of uphill lasts that long.

Would recommend as a spring hike. Late summer there’s not much running water so not a tremendous amount to see, but for the ridiculous amount of poison oak. There’s a vista or two but is mostly in the covered forest

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 - easy to find TH but very little parking. Going down counter clockwise is steep - walking sticks helped. I extended by staying on the creek path - 1 mile each way. Coming up is gradual however it wasnt easy. As mentioned not much variety coming back up. Did not see one person until I got to Purisima Creek trail

Excellent dog friendly trail. Lots of Incline, shade, trees. Bring water for dogs!

I would rate this moderate. Most of the route is well covered by trees and did not feel the heat at all. Beautiful views. Go early to get parking

One of the best kept secrets of the Bay Area

If it were my backyard, I’d take advantage, but not worth trekking to. TONS of poison oak.

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 hike very good workout. will definitely do it again.

Great hike. Easy to follow, not many people, well kept trail. Very eerie while it’s foggy which is pretty cool - makes you feel like you’re in the clouds.

Did the Whitmore Gulch - Purisma - Craig Bitten. A total of 9.2 miles.
I would rate this Moderate

Like being in the Sierra’s in our back yard.

Beautiful hike and a great workout

First time trail running and this trail was perfect!

Beautiful forest, views (the ocean in Halfmoon Bay) and flowers.
If you are fit under 55 you can get started either way, otherwise I would go anti clockwise.

Love Purisma Creek. Majestic redwood gulches

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