If it is hot where you live, this hike through a landscape of redwoods and dappled shade will help cool you down. Docents Bill and Marilyn Bauriedel will talk about the redwood logging history of this Preserve and guide you on this out and back hike along the Purisima Creek Trail and a portion of the Craig Britton Trail. You’ll also spend some time closely observing several of the 14 varieties of ferns that make this Preserve their home. With the use of a hand lens and illustrations from a book, you’ll learn about the typical life cycle of ferns and their relatives, including horsetail and scouring rush that never produce seeds.
Meet at the Purisima Creek trailhead on Purisima Creek Road. From the Highway 92 and Highway 1 intersection in Half Moon Bay, travel south on Highway 1 approximately 4.3 miles. Turn left on Verde Road. After turning on Verde Rd. and traveling 0.25 miles, continue straight to remain on what becomes Purisima Creek Rd. (Verde Rd. splits off to the right.) Travel approximately 3.7 miles on Purisima Creek Rd. to reach the Preserve.
Moderate Hike, Suitable for children
Approximate Total Miles: 5.5