Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Grabtown with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail starts out flat and goes for about a mile along Purisima Creek. Redwood trees & banana slugs galore. Then the trail climbs until you start to loop back. If you get there early, you won't see another soul.

decent trail. heavy traffic near the parking lot but once you get in to the loop there's hardly any traffic. did clockwise. the first half was a bit boring as you just keep descending. like the redwoods area. was very serene.

beautiful trail with little traffic. mostly shady and cool even it was way over 80. the view is limited and the scenery is rather monotonous. lots of banana slugs.

21 days ago

Took trail counter clockwise. Wide, level path on Harkins Ridge Trail. Stay alert for mountain bikers. Some poison oak over growth, but nothing like in the north bay. North Ridge trail gets narrow and more uneven. Descent into redwoods and the trek beside the stream are wonderful, peaceful, and shaded.

First half descend and second half climb. Would rate more than moderate. Nice ocean view.

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.

nice moderate hike .... counterclockwise route is less challenging .... steep descent 2 mi down .... rolling ascent 3 mi up ..... beautiful, tree-lined shady path along a bubbling brook near the bottom .... 2-3 people wide 90% of the way .... parking at the trail head is very limited, 6-7 cars along the side of the road max .... light foot traffic .... very enjoyable

2 months ago

Went Clockwise.. beautiful decent down into the redwoods and creek area , ascent back up was steady and challenging- amazing scenery. Would rate as on the “hard “ side of Moderate-

2 months ago

Epic, beautiful, challenging. I went counterclockwise, but would choose to go clockwise if I go again. You get vista views of the ocean along with deep, lush fern and redwood immersion. Loved every minute of it.

Lovely hidden gem of a trail in the Bay Area

Note that where alltrails has you start is at the top of the valley and there’s no real parking save a spot or two on the side of the road. However, it was a great hike and i enjoyed doing it! Very well maintained and pretty much had the trail to ourselves the whole time. As others mentioned it’s all in the shade so better to do when it’s warmer out. We also did it counterclockwise and the ascent seemed a little more gradual that way than had we done the opposite.

I typically do this counter clockwise. It’s once of my favorite hikes on the peninsula. Nice mix of in the woods and mountain Views. agree with others that it’s on the hard side of “moderate.” The trip back up is a lot of sustained climbing, but there are a few flat spots to catch your breath. Not for beginners.

Went clockwise this morning. Perfect cool temps. Able to race the loop in 2 1/2 hours- fast for me.

Very pretty hike. Strenuous though. Not for beginners.

love this place.

Great loop! I recommend going clockwise on the trail.

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.

Would actually consider this just a moderate hike. Nothing technical. Also, I would suggest finding a trail linking the two trails listed and skip Skyline.

We just did Purisma Creek Loop and it was great. Very flat and slow incline, which is good because we have bad knees. Great redwoods and was very quiet, not a lot of other hikers on a Saturday morn. Would highly recommend if looking for not steep inclines thru redwoods.

Great hike. I went on a Sunday and only saw a handful of people when the trail meets up with another trail. Other than that I had the trail to myself. It was peaceful and beautiful. Mostly shaded with a few good steep areas to get the heart pumping.

Hi, anyone have any comment about parking around Purisima Creek Rd? we are a large group and need to park 20 or more cars..

11 months ago

For Noobs!
This is.a BEAUTIFUL hike! BUT if you are not looking for a MONSTER steep hill workout then please Do Not take the trial from Northridge to Whittmore Gulch UP Harkins Ridge! This is VERY Steep and challenging for the new/average hiker. IF you are a pro and want an AWESOME challenge this is the hill workout for you!

A beautiful redwood hike, perfect for a hot day because the entire hike is in the shade. I only gave it 4* because it's pretty steep and for most of it you're either going up or down which is not my favorite plus I prefer single track paths and this was wider but nice if you have a hiking partner that you want to chat with.

11 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail- might be one of my favorites in the area. I also went clockwise down Harkins Ridge and the up Whittmore Gulch for a nice 7 miler. Perfect amount of shade, sun, greenery and wildlife. Love it.

I loved this trail. There were giant redwoods, ferns, butterflies, tons of shade, and a good variety of easy and tough trail terrain.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great hike in a great area, but the data in distance and lis elevation gained is incorrect.

If you look at the elevation profile, you will see it is a mirror image, meaning that one would have to do the loop shown twice to cover the distance and elevation gain

So it's really a 7 mile hike with 1800 feet of elevation gained. I posted data from a few gps sources to illustrate

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Breathtaking hike through the redwoods. Totally loved it. Highly recommend doing it counter clockwise.

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