Purisima Creek to Grabtown Gulch to Borden Hatch Mill Loop is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Grabtown, California that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, beautiful surroundings - Moderately strenuous hike

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike with wide trails. The first stretch runs along the creek. It’s beautiful but not very memorable. In that sense it’s relaxing as it can just wash over you rather than regularly stopping for an awe inspiring view like the hikes around Stinson Beach. In my 3 hours I saw very few other hikers so mostly had the trails to myself with the exception of the banana slugs. There was occasional sound from distant airplanes.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous cut of earth that is not to be missed. this may look like the forest moon of Endor, but there are no furry creatures to save you. This is a strong hike that will make you stronger.

hiking
10 months ago

This is my favorite quick hike. Rain, shine, cold, hot (never hot) is all good here. Starts with a nice gradual hike along Purisima Creek for about a mile, then turns up Grabtown Gulch with more rewarding views of running creeks, ferns and redwoods. The 'party' is over after crossing a bridge and starts gaining steep elevation for about 1.25 miles. The return back via Borden is pretty much all down hill for 2.5 miles back to Purisima Creek. A cardio-pumping pace @ 3 mph will bring you back to your car in two hours. At any pace, it's nirvana.

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