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.
In addition to the usual sword ferns, wood ferns, and giant chain ferns, the shady redwood canyon of lower Purisima Creek is home to the little-known Dudley’s sword fern – don’t know it? Then join docents Frances Reneau and Helena Cohen on a slow-paced discovery walk with frequent stops. You’ll also look for horsetail and any mosses not completely dried up by the end of summer. Bring a magnifying lens if you have one. Reservations are required and will be accepted on or after September 7.