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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

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7.6 mile 12.3 kilometer point to point
84% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,638' 499 m
Descent: -1,600' -488 m
High: 2,024' 617 m
Low: 448' 137 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail through Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

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Description

Five trails in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve link together for a challenging loop through forested canyons and over high ridges with ocean views. Hikers lose more than 1,000 feet of elevation in the first 2 miles and regain it on a steady climb out of the canyon (bicyclists and equestrians have a greater elevation loss and gain). The Craig Britton Trail for hikers is a relatively level trail through a majestic redwood forest. Summer fog sometimes bathes the forested areas, while the open, south-facing ridges may be hot.

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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They're off!
Jan 14, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
Race briefing.
Jan 14, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
Harkins Ridge
Feb 25, 2019 near Half Mo…, CA
Enjoy beautiful, small falls along the path of the Purisima Creek Trail.
Jan 28, 2017 near Woodside, CA
It's a smooth ascent to the parking area along the Purisima Creek Trail.
Jan 28, 2017 near Woodside, CA

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