Purisima Creek to Grabtown Gulch to Borden Hatch Mill Loop

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Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Purisima Creek to Grabtown Gulch to Borden Hatch Mill Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Half Moon Bay, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,417 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

muddy

no dogs

Due to COVID-19 trails in this preserve are closed on weekends and are temporarily closed to bikes and horses. Specific info regarding further restrictions can be found here: https://www.openspace.org/content/novel-coronavirus-updates This forest trail follows a creek with surrounding natural springs. There is a lot of shade along the route. The first few miles of the trail are uphill.

Great hike! So many trees to provide shade!

Beautiful trail! Ended up being a 9 mile loop. Completely covered trail with a calm spring on the side in some parts. Lush green groves of redwoods throughout.

hiking
17 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike!

hiking
18 days ago

Okayish trail. Good for biking. You wouldn't like it if you're a hiker. Trail too wide. Not a single point on the entire trail where you get to see some views. Wouldn't recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

If you like Southern Humboldt style forest trails, this one is for you. Absolutely packed parking lot and even on the sides of the nearest road however we literally didn’t see a single person once we got past the trailhead. I think the majority of people come here to just hangout by the creek.

shaded and multiple paths to go. Elevation might be challenging for casual hiking.

mountain biking
muddy
3 months ago

Fun ride. Some mud early on. great, wide trail for riding with occasional hikers. Bring layers, it's cold in the shadows even during the middle is the day

hiking
3 months ago

Great redwood route, though about 80% is on vehicle-width trails. Shaded. Well marked trails and junctions. Possibly limited parking on weekends. For trail runners I suspect a counter clockwise route might be better on the joints when coming downhill. I’ve only done it clockwise so far though, so can’t be sure.

Beautiful trail. Cold in January and muddy. Very crowded by entrance then less people on loop.

hiking
4 months ago

Great reprieve from the heat of June 2018 (when I did this hike)! Much of the trail is shaded by gorgeous redwoods and there were also lots of wildflowers to enjoy along the way.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Lots of shade. Very quiet with not a lot of hikers. Saw one deer, but otherwise not a lot of activity. It’s a mile or so before the hills start.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is closed September -November 2019. It is closed but you can go to the blocked off end and take another trail called Grabtown Gultch that is moderate- hard. So beautiful in this area, there is a nice creek to your side

hiking
10 months ago

Started 6 mile loop at 6:15am, forest dark and foggy. Beautiful creek with some natural springs. Shade with lots of ferns, trees and banana slugs. Maps and bathrooms at start of trial. Trails well marked. First few miles were all uphill, hoping to reach a peak with ocean view, but not on this loop. Great moderate forest hike!

Very nice hike, parking lot fills up early but there’s parking along the street. Recording was longer than 6 miles. Lots of shade, lots of banana slugs, running water, and an odd bit towards the peak where it suddenly gets warm.

hiking
10 months ago

4.5 stars. Quality loop in the trees.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Wide, beautiful trail often covered in evergreen needles. Babbling brook. Verdant forest. Beautiful. There is one single track part (maybe a mile or less), but it isn’t overgrown so it is easy to stay clear of any poison oak. Did loop counter clockwise though either direction would work fine, I believe. Shady, cool with morning fog at Noon. Did not see other hikers on the loop until the end of Grabtown Gulch before rejoining Purisima Creek Trail. Official map says it is 6.3 miles.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

Gorgeous trail loop starts along Purissima Creek full of Redwood trees, banana slugs, ferns, wildflowers and plant life. The babbling brook and and all it’s wildflowers and ferns, and is soothing to the soul and very nicely shaded which is great especially for hot days. Watch out for several extremely muddy sections especially after recent rain so good boots or shoes you don’t mind getting completely soiled and a hiking pole is recommended.. Take a gradual moderate climb varying degrees of incline up pretty Borden Hatch Mill trail then loop back down to the creek on Grabtown Gulch. Overall a very pleasant hike and would try adding Bald Knob trail (1.2 miles) out and back to extend this overall hike by another 2.4 miles for a better work out.

It was too muddy but beautiful!

hiking
bridge out
muddy
off trail
rocky
Sun Apr 14 2019

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Great hike, beautiful surroundings - Moderately strenuous hike

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

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.

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