Purisima Creek Redwoods

Purisima Creek Redwoods, an hour south of San Francisco, is the Mt. Tam of the Peninsula. The parking lot is full, the open space preserve is busy, but as soon as you put in some mileage and hike toward the summit, you only see ripped mountain bikers with true grit. Can’t say I’d go again, I was rather bored with the redwood scenery that never changed despite the several hour hike. But the centipede and banana slug were pretty awesome.


  1. says

    Wow, looks like an amazing place to hike. Loved seeing all your pictures from here and honestly just made me happy for this time of year and the nicer weather, too! :)

    • Catherine says

      Thanks Janine! San Francisco weather is totally schizophrenic so whenever we can, we have to take advantage of it. The following day was so gloomy and misty in the city that everyone I know stayed indoors and watched movies.

    • Catherine says

      Ashley, there is incredible hiking in the LA area. Wish we could spend more time whenever we are in LA so that we could take advantage of all the great hikes.

  2. says

    We are heading to San Francisco in two weeks and are going to visit a redwood forest (not sure which one) when we start driving south. Seeing your photos makes me excited to go!

    • Catherine says

      Dana, you are possibly going to Muir Woods. It’s one of the closest hikes to the city and really stunning. But any hike around here will be fantastic. Don’t forget the Exploratorium. Hopefully you can go mid-week as it is mobbed on the weekends. Alternatively the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park!

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