On January 17, 2012, we returned to Purisima Open Space Reserve for a trail run along the North Ridge, Whitemore Gulch, Purisima Creek, Craig Britton, and Harkins Ridge trails. Our total distance on this trip was 11 miles, and the run/walk was a challenge as the second half started at 512 feet and ends at over 2,000 feet of altitude.
Although there was over 4,000′ of elevation change along these trails, we didn’t find much mud or slick trails, except near the very bottom. We weren’t able to get to all the trails on this trip, but plan to revisit them when we get a little more time and our marathon training increases in distance.
Here is the map below:
We started on Skyline, which is the top of the Preserve. You can also start at the bottom, which might make the hike a bit easier to finish with a downhill instead of a climb. But, for trail running, Skyline offers the better challenge.
For more details, you can visit bahiker, which has this to say:
Most trails are multi-use. A few trails are open to hikers only. Dogs are not allowed in the preserve. Preserve is open from dawn to 1/2 hour after sunset.
The Official Story:
MROSD’s Purisima page .
MROSD field office 650-691-1200
The scenery on this trail is well worth the effort! The creeks, the trees, and the view of half-moon bay and, even on occasion, the Farrallon Islands are amazing. The traffic on the trails during the week are minimal and you’ll have the place mostly to yourself.