Purisima Creek Redwoods North Ridge Trail

MODERATE 199 reviews

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.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,361 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

washed out

no dogs

Note: At the end of the trail, there is a closed sign due to the steepness and lack of maintenance. Explore a section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and hike through beautiful redwood groves in the Purisima Creek Redwooods Open Space Preserve.

hiking
16 days ago

Gorgeous views of the coast and a nice quick out and back trail with some steep up and down sections. Easy to find the trailhead, I’ll be back to explore some of the longer hikes here!

hiking
bugs
closed
21 days ago

The end of the trail is currently closed. At first the hike doesn’t seem to difficult but with all the hills especially on the way back it is pretty hard.

hiking
muddy
21 days ago

Was out there yesterday on the first warm day of the year. Passed about 11 people in the early afternoon including a couple on bikes even though the sign at the southern Redwood Trail parking entrance stated no bikes (not sure if this was also posted at the other trailheads). This park offers several trails so you can design your hike for distance and views but all are going to include ups and downs. The hike on Purisima Crekk trail starting from the southern end at Hwy 35 offers about 2.5 miles down to the creek bed then a couple more miles of gentler slopes and there's plenty of shade along the way. You'll be surrounded by the trunks of tall redwoods, ferns, and clover and can hear the creek almost as soon as you leave the parking "lot" (more space for 5-6 cars). The trail felt cool even on this warm day especially at the bottom, but if you turn around and hike back up, it's a sweaty climb that gains about 600-700 feet. There are sections that are exposed so hats, sunscreen and definitely water are recommended! If you have shoes with enough tread, poles aren't needed and I think would be a pain to carry.

hiking
28 days ago

Great quick hike for after work! Pretty easy with a nice view of the valley below.

hiking
bugs
closed
over grown
1 month ago

This was nice but at the very end it says "closed" and beyond that sign is really not worth going...super steep and overgrown. If you go on the hiking only trail on the way back it's absolutely not very steep at all.

hiking
1 month ago

The steep down and up on the way back makes this a great trail to workout on but knowing that the Whittemore Gulch and Harkins Ridge Trails are nearby makes this a less desirable option unless you really just need to get in a short hike

2 months ago

you start by going downhill then you go uphill on your way back. plenty of shadow!

hiking
3 months ago

Crazy strenuous, beautiful view

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, best view is about halfway. Take the "hiking only" path at the beginning especially if you have bad knees, that one snakes around more (otherwise it's a steep decline first thing).

hiking
10 months ago

Good moderate trail with some inclines on the track. Some beautiful scenes of the Forrest on the way.

10 months ago

Good hike , view was disappointing

hiking
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Great workout!!!

hiking
Friday, April 20, 2018

Great trail with lots of Geocaches! Drone footage can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMt2gbNfKQU

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Those hills on the way back were killer! Great way to get the heart pumping.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pretty trail and views, downhill at the beginning makes for a bit of a climb back up at the end.

Monday, January 08, 2018

1/7, first time both kids hiked by themselves for ~4 miles

hiking
Thursday, November 09, 2017

honestly, not that great of a trail. There are one or two spots with decent views, but overall it's not amazing. about 2/3 of the way out to the end, you get a sweeping overlook that's pretty cool right before decending and climping back up to the the point at the end of the trail; I'd just stop there unless you'd just like the excercise.

hiking
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The narrow trail that offshoots from the main trail is much easier and much more enjoyable to hike than the steep slope of the main trail. An enjoyable hike and nice views of half moon bay. There isn’t much at the end of the trail in terms of view or place to hang out.

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Great out and back hike with some great views. Easy going down and a good workout going up. Mostly shaded with a good patch of sun half way in. At the start there is a sign pointing the direction of the trail and other trails. It says to go left which is the road but if you go right it takes you to a nice little trail that will spit you back out on to the North Ridge trail.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Favorite trail thus far in Cali! Keep going back! Great workout in gorgeous setting. Pockets of sunshine interspersed with shady areas-nice mix. I feel refreshed and uplifted from the spectacular views, fresh air and very well maintained trail.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quite good for a civilized hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hi, I did the North Ridge Trail. I carry my son in a carrier. He is 3+ so heavy. The course goes downhill mainly and then a little uphill and downhill at the end. I found some of the downhills quite steep for me with a backpack {child carrier}. I would recommend bringing a walking stick to help balance. I deducted one star since the end of the trail has no tables or view and is just a tiny clearing. This made our picnic a little dull. Other than that it was an excellent hike I'd say moderate to difficult with a child carrier. If you are just hiking, probably moderate since it is hardly ever flat.

walking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Somewhat challenging trail though relatively short so it's manageable. Nice views along the way and yes, the abrupt end of trail is whatever. Not much ground to hang out for too long at the top. Saw 4 bunny rabbits, not too many people and lots of wild flowers. Went around 5:30pm on the hottest Saturday yet!

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Very steep descents and climbs to a weak view of HMB. Long stretches through open fields; very hot after 10:00 AM.. If your intent is to get vigorous exercise, this trail is for you.

walking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Best to be there early in the morning, the parking can only hold about 20 cars and it's popular on weekends

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Super steep but worth it! Started the hike about an hour before sunset and it was so pretty!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great incline. Loved the scenery, lots of trees.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

I prefer hiking trails that are a loop, but this was still great for a quick out and back trail. Beautiful views of half moon bay. Lots of wildflowers! Would recommend

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

First half is all downhill, which makes the second half (the trek back) nice and challenging! Beautiful view of the Redwoods. I went early on a Saturday around 8am and saw no other hikers. I highly recommend if you're looking for a short and sweet workout with a dose of amazing views.

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