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Purisima Creek to Grabtown Gulch to Borden Hatch Mill Loop

MODERATE 89 reviews

Purisima Creek to Grabtown Gulch to Borden Hatch Mill Loop is a 6 mile moderately 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

NOTE: A section of Purisima Creek Trail is closed from September 2019 - November 2019. If you hike the route shown on this page, the closure will not affect you. If you continue east along Purisima Creek Trail to extend your hike, in addition to this loop, you will encounter the closure.

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
22 days 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
2 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
3 months ago

4.5 stars. Quality loop in the trees.

hiking
4 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
4 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
6 months ago

hiking
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Great hike, beautiful surroundings - Moderately strenuous hike

hiking
Monday, September 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.

hiking
Monday, August 13, 2018

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
Saturday, July 21, 2018

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
Sunday, May 20, 2018

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
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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.

recorded 7.60mi Mountain Biking

mountain biking
5 days ago

running
7 days ago

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