Purisima Creek Redwoods (Costal Redwoods)
There are two main access points
Five miles south of Half Moon Bay Ca. and from
highway 35 (about five miles east and uphill away).
With miles of trails through various terrain views abound.
The lower trail on the Half Moon Bay side interconnects other perserves.
This walk from the Half Moon Bay coast side on Whittermore Gultch trail
starts out in the lower left corner of the map heading uphill toward
highway 35 (the squigley line right of center on the map).
Near the midpoint of this array the views reverse, starting from the
Northridge trail at highway 35. Northridge intersects Whittermore
a mile down the trail.
Tail head sign (Half Moon Bay side)
Whittermore Gultch - five miles uphill East to Hwy 35.
A look back over the lower creek bridge
The assent begins
Some areas are dense and dark
Ferns among the Redwoods
Young Redwoods and Maple mix with the ferns
Some of the Redwoods are six feet or more in diameter
This one was almost ten feet in diameter before it burned
Looking back down the trail at the rock cropping
Banana Slugs love this place
Crossing the upper creek bride
A trickle in the upper creek
Winter and spring winds bow the trees
Nearing the crest of the first ridge
Whittermore Gultch trail continues
Preserve entry at highway 35.
The trail head. We bear right down Northridge
A mix of sun rays and shadows
High on the ridge there's ample sunshine
Half way to Whittermore we look West to the Preserve boundry where Northridge ends
Hawks, Falcons, and Eagles, soar coastal thermals
Mountain Sparrow hang out near the preserve boundry on Northridge
Looking over the coastal range
On a clear day Pacific Ocean waves are visible