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Grabtown Gulch to Purisima Creek Loop

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Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Grabtown Gulch to Purisima Creek Loop is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Half Moon Bay, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,279 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

As of June 2020, due to COVID-19 parking restrictions are place along Highway 35, Purisima Creek Road and Higgins Canyon Road. Preserve parking is very limited at this time. Specific info regarding further restrictions can be found here: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/purisima-creek-redwoods

hiking
4 days ago

Arrived at the trailhead at 9AM. Very limited parking. We passed by a fair number of people during the hike but overall we had the trail almost all to ourselves. Most of the traffic we encounter was close to the creek. The trail is nicely shaded. Some steep slopes that make it a good workout. The signage can be a little unclear (had to reference the AllTrails map to make sure we were on the right trail)

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful redwood / rainforesty hike. Very lightly trafficked, except around Purisma Creek. Very clear signage. Loved every minute of the solitude amidst the redwood giants.

So many banana slugs! Cool shaded walk through the redwoods. Big downhill at the start if you go counter clockwise. Uphill is a bit of a workout but not bad at all.

lightly trafficked on Sunday morning, limited parking

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful trail with shade, went on Sunday and there were very less people, saw some banana slugs. It goes down steeply first and the harder part is in the end. Overall the trail is very wide so don’t have to worry about social distancing.

Beautiful shaded trail! Everyone was friendly and socially distanced. Fun for banana slug discoveries... we stopped at 200 otherwise we’d never finish the hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Moderate descend and ascend. Loop. Redwood. Shaded all the way.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Straight down and back up. Just be prepared for the steep decline and incline. Overall good hike.

Tranquil remote trail through the redwoods that is soft underfoot. However, have to drive on a narrow windy road to get here and there is limited off street parking at this trailhead. The trail itself is shaded and fairly wide for the majority. The loop as marked is all downhill then all uphill. Thus, I went partway down then backtracked, and went down the other way and came back up for elevation variety. Not many views of the surrounding area however the redwood forest itself is cool, calm and picturesque.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike through the woods. A bit muddy but not terrible. Completely shaded would probably make for a great summer hike. Had planned to take the turn off to go up towards irish ridge but only saw where it rejoined must have missed the earlier turn.

hiking
3 months ago

Rainforesty, but otherwise nothing to write home about. Straight down, straight up

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail, 134 yellow banana slugs, ate two chewy bars, took my friends from Florida, one tried to eat a slug down the gullet, went on a picnic.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great forest hike. Has a nice incline on the way back that works up a sweat but won't make you want to die.

hiking
4 months ago

Scenery isn't bad but I didn't like how you're either walking down a fairly steep trail or walking up a steep trail. There are very few flat sections in the loop. I extended my hike toward Irish Ridge Trail which I recommend if you want to add some distance (3 miles out and back).

4 months ago

very nice hike..no views but plenty of cover and zen forest cover

Wide trail on old roads. Only 32 banana slugs today

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Great Trail! A little muddy but not too bad. We went on a Saturday morning/ afternoon at the end of January. There were quite a few banana slugs.. we counted 375!! Lots of fun!!

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

If you like woods this trail is for you! Gorgeous trees, wide path, muddy in January but not too bad. Not many people on the trail. Would definitely return in the summer.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

This is an amazing trail for those looking to spend some secluded time in the redwoods. I went on a Sunday around 11am and barely saw anyone on the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

It is closer to 6.5 actual miles; verified and recorded. Solid trail. If at the split you start out going left for the loop it will be much harder the last 3 miles as the elevation gain is much more. If you start going right it will be an easier time. All and all a good trail with plenty of forest and few people on many parts. Towards the main Purisma creek/river, the connecting trail to continue on this Gulch trail can easily be missed. Keep your eyes open, the sign is small.

Really pretty, wooded, quiet. Nice for biking too.

hiking
7 months ago

trail is plenty wide, no obstacles

Nice wide path that is shaded the entire time. Beautiful redwoods and a nice stream to explore. Steep grades on the way back!

Nothing awesome about it, except for the 50 feet you get to walk near redwoods

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike, we felt like we were in Tahoe with the tall trees all around. Pretty much the whole trail is shaded because of the trees too. I would say this trail is moderate-hard, 1/2 of the trail is all uphill the other half is all down hill. So many cute banana slugs you have to be careful not to step on along with horse doodoo. The parking lot only holds about 5 cars (handicap spot available) but there is plenty of street parking, there was around 20 cars when we went last weekend at 11am on a Saturday.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

On a sunny Sunday morning, when the parking lots were overflowing at Purissima, I took the lovely drive down Tunitas Creek Road to this trailhead. There’s not much parking, but not much needed. I hardly saw anyone else on the hike. Even the mountain bikers were polite — they called out to me how many more we’re coming and wished me a good day. That’s a first. Beautiful, mostly shady trail through second growth redwood. Several creeks on the way, flowing even in mid August. It’s pretty steep down and up, but the setting is worth it. This is a wonderful, secluded hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail loop with a steady downhill then uphill climb. Lots of banana slugs, so watch your step. I can see how parking would be a problem here. Lucky for us it was a Friday evening and we were the only ones at the trail head. We passed two other ppl hiking solo along the trail.

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