Office to the Sea

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Trip Stats
Duration: 6 hours, 15 minutes
Length: 26.9 miles
Vertical up: 3862.2 ft
Vertical down: 3895.3 ft
Average speed: 4.32 mph

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Starting out at the Office at 7:15 or so we took for the great urban jungle through parts unknown towards the ultimate goal, the Pacific Ocean. Running along the graffiti covered ruined old trains in the deep fog was interesting. It was pretty smooth sailing into the end of Stage 1 of this run which was the Peets Coffee on Broadway. Got a decent Cappucino and high-tailed it for the hills.

Stage 2 was from Peet's to Edgewood Park. It was pretty easy running through Redwood City up to Edgewood Road. The run along Edgewood Rd. has a lot of traffic making it less than ideal running. You would never choose to run it, unless you had to piece together a big event like this, but overall not bad and over quick. We pulled into Edgewood Park and stupidly I forgot where the water was. Duc sweats more than any man on Earth so it was imperative that we got some water. We found a quiet house near Edgewood park and took some water from them. Felt like a jerk doing it, as the probably hate rude runners like us, but we got our precious water unscathed and began climbing up Edgewood Park.

We crossed under 280 and started running on Crystal Springs Trail. Not an inspiring trail, as much of it is 20 feet from Hwy 280, but it is a key artery that takes you into the Phleger Reserve. It was still foggy in the lower parts of Phleger as we hit the Miramontes Trail and came upon some really steep sections. Turning left at Lonely Trail you head up to Skyline.

Many parts of this trail are very steep. Near the top the sunlight was breaking through the fog and it created a dreamlike environment. It seemed to take forever to get to the top. We were reduced to a slow hike up the steep trail until finally we hit Skyline and grabbed some water at the deserted King's Mountain Fire Station.

The next stage called for us to find Purisma Creek Trail and run the 4.1 miles down to the Higgins Purisma Road. It's quite a wide easy descent near Purisma Creek and the creek had a good amount of water moving down it due to recent rains. Duc and I were plodding down the hill and the 4 miles went by in a flash.

The last stage was to take us running up Higgins Purisma Road and down to Hwy 1. Note to self, just because a road is easy on a bike, remember this does not apply to running. This section took quite a while and was 4 hard miles of road running until we hit Highway 1. We crossed Hwy 1 and ended up in a frog filled bog trying to find our ways to the beach. After managing to escape the bog, we ran down a trail and dropped to the Ocean. The first annual Office to the Sea ended in a success.


Eudemus said…
Very cool. I love self-organized runs like this. I used to work in Redwood City and Edgewood Park is where I first fell in love with trail running more than a decade ago. There is actually a better route to the park through the residential areas that totally avoids Edgewood Rd. Also, the water is inside the park near the picnic area, but too late now :-).

I have done the Purisima to the Sea (and back) route a few times. I've always wanted to do a full day where I hang out at the beach in the middle, but I don't think I would be motivated enough to make it back up to the ridge which is always a slog.

Great report!