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Lobitos Creek Trail

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Hike past some gigantic redwood trees in this remote area of Purisima Creek Redwood Open Space Preserve.


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0.7

Miles

1.2

KM

Point to Point

1,354' 413 m

High

1,041' 317 m

Low

15' 5 m

Up

316' 96 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is open from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. To reach this trail, you need to hike out the Irish Ridge and Bald Knob Trail, which means a fair amount of change in elevation gain before you start this hike.

Need to Know

There are no services along this trail, so bring plenty of food and water for your hike. There are no restrooms in this part of the preserve, so please practice Leave No Trace principles if you need to use the restroom.

Description

The Lobitos Creek Trail begins as a wide dirt trail that departs the Irish Ridge Trail and descends toward Lobitos Creek past several large Redwood trees until the trail ends at a large redwood tree at the end of the trail. As the trail departs the Irish Ridge Trail, a large redwood tree comes into view quickly on the left side of the trail. Imagine a forest of these giants before loggers began harvesting them for various building projects.

After passing the tree, the trail starts to descend steeply into the woods. The trail is shaded for the entire duration, which also helps keep this area cooler than other areas of the preserve. The trail drops through the woods, where you can enjoy various mosses and ferns growing along the trail, covering trees, rocks, and other plants. The trail winds its way, becoming narrower as it goes.

The trail terminates beneath a giant Redwood tree deep in the preserve. If you pass the tree, you'll see a sign indicating that you have reached the end of the trail. Your only option at this point is turn around and retrace your steps back up to Irish Ridge and then back to your vehicle.

When combined with the Grabtown Gulch, Borden Hatch Mill, Bald Knob, and Irish Ridge Trail, this hike becomes a 7.5+ mile hike with a lot of descending and climbing in the middle section of the hike, so make sure you take this into consideration when planning the hike. As this is in a more remote part of the preserve, this hike allows you to escape some of the crowds and enjoy a quiet walk in the woods.

Flora & Fauna

Redwood Trees are the main attraction on this trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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A large Redwood tree sits along the Lobitos Creek Trail. This is one of the highlights of the trail, so take the time to enjoy the sheer size of this old tree.
Jan 3, 2021 near Woodside, CA

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