Purisima Creek - May 14, 2009

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Distance: 13.3 miles Ascent: 2980 ft. Moving time: 1:54 hours

I went out to Purisima Creek for my "Bike to Work Day" ride and had a good time. The weather was in the high 60's and clear, so I could not have asked for nicer riding weather.

As usual, I started with a descent down Whittemore Gulch. I came across several hikers coming up the grade, but we didn't have any problems. The trail was in great condition and the forest floor was alive with spring growth. I wasn't trying to race down the hill, choosing to just enjoy the trail and the forest instead.

Once at the bottom, I started up Purisima Creek Trail. The bottom part runs along the creek, so everything was in bloom. I saw several large banana slugs on the trail and got a few good pictures. I needed to do some climbing, so I headed up Borden Hatch Mill. The trail was longer and steeper toward the top than I remembered, but I made it in pretty good time. I was the only person out here, so I enjoyed the solitude. After a very short stop for a Gu, I descended Grabtown Gulch, returning to Purisima Creek. I hadn't ridden up Purisima Creek in some time, so I headed up. The average grade on Purisima Creek is slightly higher than on Borden Hatch Mill, but it didn't seem like it. I think the difference is there are a few flat parts on Borden Hatch Mill between some very steep parts, while Purisima Creek is more of a steady ascent.

Since I had some other things to do, I decided to ride back to my car on Highway 35. Other than being passed by a roadie, this was pretty uneventful.

I really enjoy Purisima Creek. I think this is the prettiest place that I ride. It always leaves a smile on my face and joy in my heart.

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