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HikeMilesVerticalTimeRating
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Purisima Creek
[Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve]
10.1
1750
5:44
8
Borden Hatch Mill Trail
[Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve]
11.6
2450
6:18
7
A moderately long hike amongst the redwoods and along pretty Purisima Creek.
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
[Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve]
3.3
660
3:08
7
Some fantastic views along the ridge, bookended by a couple of uninspiring ponds.
El Corte de Madera Creek
[El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve]
10.5
2000
5:50
7
Stevens Creek Nature Trail
[Monte Bello Open Space Preserve]
3.0
570
2:31
6
A few nice views of the hills, but mostly a walk through the forest near a little creek.
Los Trancos
[Los Trancos Open Space Preserve]
3.0
580
2:00
6
A forested hike on the San Andreas Fault, including an interpretive trail about earthquakes.
Tafoni Trail
[El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve]
2.1
415
1:37
6
A short hike in the forest to some sandstone formations.
Phleger Estate
[Huddart County Park / Phleger Estate]
6.2
1110
3:40
6
Windy Hill Loop
[Windy Hill Open Space Preserve]
8.2
1000
4:16
6
Borel Hill
[Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve]
4.5
1105
3:57
5
Lawrence Creek Trail
[El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve]
11.1
2120
6:41
5
Moderate to long loop hike in a mildly interesting forest.
Coal Creek Open Space Preserve
[Coal Creek Open Space Preserve]
5.0
990
3:12
5
Non-descript eastern Santa Cruz mountain forest (meaning no redwoods).
Windy Hill Climb
[Windy Hill Open Space Preserve]
5.6
1400
2:03
5
San Mateo Coast
Ano Nuevo Trail
[Ano Nuevo State Reserve]
3.0
50
2:30
7
Franklin Point
[Ano Nuevo State Reserve]
3.0
200
2:00
6
Bean Hollow
[Bean Hollow State Park]
1.3
0
1:00
6
A short walk along coastal bluffs, with views of harbor seals and interesting sandstone formations.
Pescadero Marsh
[Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve]
1.0
60
1:19
4
Very short hike cut even shorter by overgrown trail.
Other
Wunderlich Loop
[Wunderlich County Park]
7.1
1110
3:51
7
Loop hike among redwoods, passing a meadow and including a great grove of redwoods at Alambique Flat.
Portola Redwoods
[Portola Redwoods State Park]
4.5
720
4:31
7
A pleasant loop through a redwood forest with frequent easy creek crossings.
Butano State Park
[Butano State Park]
6.2
1625
4:05
7
A quiet day hike with a few views and some nice redwood forests.
Portola Redwoods 2014
[Portola Redwoods State Park]
5.7
1080
3:02
6
A moderate hike among redwoods and past some small streams.
Peters Creek Grove
[Portola Redwoods State Park]
12.9
2040
7:27
6
Long hike through monotonous forest to a decent redwood grove and creek.
Chalk Mountain
[Big Basin State Park]
9.0
1990
6:05
6
Mt. Ellen and Pomponio Trail
[Memorial County Park]
4.0
850
2:36
6
A loop hike to some decent forested canyon views and some nice redwood and fern-filled areas.
Butano Ridge Loop
[Portola Redwoods State Park]
14.6
2490
6:44
6
A long uneventful slog through some nice redwood forest.
Pescadero Creek
[Pescadero Creek County Park]
10.0
1640
6:14
6
Pulgas Ridge
[Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve]
3.2
535
1:55
6
Pulgas Ridge - Woodrat Trail
[Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve]
4.2
800
2:44
5
Loop hike in a small unspectacular park. Popular with dog owners because of a large off-leash dog area.
Heritage Grove Trail
[Sam McDonald County Park]
5.0
1115
3:37
5
A short hike amongst the redwoods and banana slugs.
Water Dog Lake
[Belmont]
3.3
650
1:50
5
Short hike to a little lake in a suburban setting.
Eaton/Big Canyon Parks
[San Mateo County ]
3.3
840
1:49
5
Short hike in a suburban setting, with some views of the bay.
Wunderlich County Park
[Wunderlich County Park]
4.0
805
2:25
5
Schilling Lake
[Thornewood Open Space Preserve ]
1.5
210
2:25
4
A short hike to a, well, more like a local pond. Nothing much to see here.
Edgewood County Park
[Edgewood County Park]
4.0
760
2:16
4
A short hike near Interstate 280. Lots of wildflowers in the spring.
Costanoa Trip
[trip report]
A nice weekend trip to the coast between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. Includes a couple of nice day hikes in Big Basin and Ano Nuevo.



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