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Best trails in Burleigh H. Murray Ranch

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Explore the most popular trails in Burleigh H. Murray Ranch with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Purchased by the State of California in 1983 this historic ranch property is hidden in a pristine valley south of Half Moon Bay. The area offers solitude, groves of mature eucalyptus, and a rich assortment of wildlife. With the addition of Rancho Raymundo at the east boundary, park property extends from Higgins Purisima Road in the west to Skyline Blvd. in the east. Park is open 8am-sunset. Hiking Trail The current trail consists of the old ranch road winding its way alongside Mills Creek for about one mile up to a 1930's bungalow that serves as a park residence. At this point the trail veers off the road and bends down to cross the creek allowing the visitor to look back in time while viewing the Mills Barn and surrounding outbuildings. Continuing on the road beyond the barn the valley narrows between steep, chaparral covered hill. The walking is good for an additional mile above the barn past the wooden tanks supplying water for the park residence, then the trail fades away into the dense growth of stinging nettles, poison oak and coyote brush. Bring Water - None is available in the park.

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#1 - Burleigh Murray Ranch Trail [CLOSED]
Burleigh H. Murray Ranch
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
NOTE: ALL SAN MATEO COUNTY PARKS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PARK RANGERS ARE ASSIGNED TO SUPPORT CZU LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE FIGHTING EFFORTS. Please note that this trail is currently closed to vehicles due to COVID 19. A nice, historic, and quiet hike through chaparral and coastal biomes . Most likely, you will only encounter a few others. The trail begins on an old ranch road that follows Mills Creek until it reaches a bungalow from the 1930s. The trail then takes you down to cross the creek and get a look at old historic buildings that Burleigh H. Murray constructed during the gold rush. There is also a roman styled stone bridge. Bring Water - None is available in the park. There is a small free gravel parking lot at the trailhead. The trail is open from 8am to sunset. Show more