One of my favorite summer time activities after a stressful week of work is to get out in the woods and go for a hike. The weather was very pleasant this weekend, and it just so happened that my husband had rented a new camera that he wanted to test out before buying, so we set out to find a hike with some great views.

Finding a scenic hike is not hard to do in the SF Bay Area. There are so many parks and open space preserves that you really just need to decide how far you want to drive. This weekend, we decided to go to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, located about midpeninsula. We did a short hike, only about 2.5 miles round trip, taking the Harkins Ridge Trail out and back.


This trail is somewhat hilly, but not too challenging. In fact, we passed a family with three children under 5 years old hiking with them. Most of the trail is wooded, with clearings scattered throughout giving beautiful views of the landscape and hills in the distance.

There were wildflowers and butterflies everywhere, and the sound of birds and bugs filled the air. Though the trails were somewhat crowded, it was quiet and peaceful overall. I can’t wait to see where our next hike takes us!

One caution to be aware of, there was quite a bit of poison oak near or overhanging the trail, so use caution when hiking in shorts or short sleeves.