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Purisima Creek Redwoods North Ridge Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Redwood City, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 1,361 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Over grown

Rocky

Washed out

No dogs

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Getting There

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 Explore a section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and hike through beautiful redwood groves in the Purisima Creek Redwooods Open Space Preserve.

Parking is available at the Pursima South Parking lot off of Skyline BLVD.

Start at the North Ridge Trail trailhead located on Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35), 4.5 miles south of Highway 92. Parking is available for 30 cars.

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Victoria Whitehill
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Hiking

Hot and so much uphill was really tough. Great views

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Emily Cg
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It’s beautiful. I loved the hike, pretty hard though. It’s better to go on a weekday, not a lot of people. Pretty steep too but I liked that. Nice workout!!

Reed Merrill
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Busted my balls

Jason Scalese
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Gorgeous day. Crowded but we like that. No animals. Saw a ton of wildflowers and even a quail family.

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Tiffany Nguyen
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Hiking

I like that this is more difficult than a regular moderate hike. Some really steep areas with gravel where I was glad to have a hiking pole to go down. Gorgeous views! I started at 9:30am on Tuesday and had the trail mostly to myself. I passed only a couple of people for 90% of the trail, but by 11:30am when I left the parking lot was busy and full. Pretty warm in the sunny areas. Overall great workout and perfect mix of woods and views. :)

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Jesselle Hoque
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. My boyfriend and I arrived at about 4:45pm on a Sunday. There was available parking and we didn’t encounter too many people on the trail. The hills are steep. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction. It’s one way rather than a loop. I was scared because it was pretty gloomy, but by the time we arrived to the end, the sun was out and the view was beautiful. Side note: The restrooms are open despite the COVID-19 pandemic which came in handy for me!

Megan Masters
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Most of the trail is a boring fire road, packed with hikers and mtn bikers on the weekend. We took a few side trails to make it a bit more interesting. You also can’t get to the end of the trail as the last 0.2 miles are blocked off. Good enough to get a workout and see some nice views, but not a favorite.

Sesilia Otuhiva
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Nice trail, get early to beat heat and people!

Sukki Kamisetty
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Go early to avoid the heat and crowds. Can get very warm in couple of sections that don’t have shade. Started the hike around 7 am and had no trouble getting parking in lot which can hold a max of 20-25 cars. Finished the hike and was back around 9 am, parking was full and couple cars were waiting in line. We spotted many rabbits on hike, which was a first for me in this area.

Maria Wheatley
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with lovely shade from the tall trees. The views are very pretty. The hike is initially downhill, but what goes down must come up. The uphill parts are steep & challenging.

ZP Jiang
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Hiking

Some hills are a bit steep, better to wear hiking shoes with good traction. Part of the trail covered by the shades of redwood, wear hat/sunglass if sensitive to direct sunlight. Views are great, a lot of wild flowers. Parking lot can be very busy during weekends. A short hiking video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da7xhEPjrLM

Josh D.
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Great trail but WAY too crowded. It’s a pretty easy trail so there are a ton of kids. People even had strollers?

Chris Ribar
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Great short steep hike with a few great views. No dogs allowed, signs for mountain lions and poison ivy. The end of the trail is closed by conservation so the turn around point will be a bit of a let down. Parking lot fills up fast so get there early or expect to wait in your car for a parking spot. Free parking.

Chris Clarke
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The trail has some great sweeping views of the hills and Pacific Ocean, but the majority of it is uphill or downhill. After being in quarantine for two months it’s safe to say I’m out of shape, too. Beware that the end of the trail is closed for conservation. So the end is really underwhelming.

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James Moak
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Hiking

Beautiful and epic views, and it's a great workout to boot! It's mostly shaded, but the last half/third is out in the open, with a little bit of shade right at the end. Some bummers that make it not 5 stars: Had to park a half mile away due to how crowded it was, and a ranger was giving tickets out to people who parked on the side of the road. The end of the trail is closed for conservation, and the lead up to it doesn't have much to see. Lots of poison ivy. I'm pretty sure a mountain lion was 5 feet away in a bush at the very end. Would love to do it again someday just to see the actual end, but for now I'd pass. I'd recommend stopping after the bit in the sun, since when the trees start again there's not much to see for the last leg of the trail.

Carolina Munoz
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Hiking

The views are breath taking. The way down is pretty easy but the way back it’s mostly uphill.

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Alicia Anagnostou
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Hiking

Great views, good workout. Ranks among one of my favorite in the area for a straightforward escape to the trees. Did not take 1 wrong turn (which for myself and my hiking partner is unusual!) Downhill out, uphill back with a small bump in the middle. If you’re in a poor mood heading out on this trail you’ll surely be in a better one once you finish! Moderately traveled. Moderately muddy - proper footwear will be helpful on this trail. Bring a light sweater/ sweatshirt as it was cool on the shady decline Enjoy!

Britta Mae Jones
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Lovely, beautiful, magical little trail on a foggy, rainy day. Great views once the sky cleared and the sun burned off the fog. As other reviewers noted, uphill or downhill the whole trip. My mama really benefited from her hiking poles, and I very much recommend for anyone who needs a bit of support on their footing. Trail is mostly wide throughout. Be cautious/conscious of mountain bikers. Take the more scenic (read: magical) path to the right upon starting. And also, I thought the ending was abrupt, as noted, but still quite beautiful. We took a break at the end and ate some lunch.

Song-My Tran
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Hiking

Great hike with beautiful views throughout. Mostly shaded. Lots of green. It’s mostly downhill out, and uphill heading back, with a few steep hills along the way.

Bình Lê
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Hiking

Beautiful view of the mountain ridges and valley, wild flowers along the way. Downhill to and uphill back. We took an extra mile on a parallel loop back.

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Sarah Gerweck
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Amelia Carson-Crye
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HikingMuddy

Hiked this trail on a sunny day and it was SO gorgeous! Incredible views the entire way. Entire way back is uphill and some parts are VERY steep. This map suggests to follow the same trail the entire time, which will take you on a wide road. As you are hiking there are a couple loops you can take that connect you with the same trail, but the trail is more narrow. I highly suggest doing this!

Tiffany Bautista
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HikingBugsMuddy

Very steep at times. The way back may be pretty difficult for beginners.

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Brooke C
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Hiking

Great trail for a shorter but challenging hike. Good amount of parking, no fee. Downhill for about 0.3mi at the start that you'll go back up at the end, steep but not as bad as other spots. Near the end of the trail you get a nice view of the water, there are a few steep hills in this area as well. The end is a bit abrupt and does not have much of a view. Early in the morning I spotted a bunch of bunnies on the trail, a couple gophers, and there are a few spots with nice wild flowers.

Victoria Makol
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Sarah Abuseif
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Beautiful trail A little indoor tree sighting trailing and outdoor scenes of the ocean and valleys If you need a butt work out, this is the trail for you!

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Nick McCoy
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Some nice views but extremely steep in sections

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