Join members volunteers and guests on a hike (approx. 3-4 miles) at Burleigh Murray State Park.
Then at 4 PM meet at San Benito House for Happy Hour!
About the Park
Burleigh H. Murray, for whom the acquisition is named, was born on the ranch July 19, 1865. His Father came to California from Vermont in 1852 following the cry of gold and working in the mines at Auburn, Placer county. In 1857 he settled at the present Murray ranch with some sheep and cattle and began a successful dairy farm.
The Mills Barn and surrounding outbuildings, are maintained in a condition of arrested decay. Mills Barn hugs the hill beside perennial Mills Creek. This historic structure dates back to the late 1800's and is a good representation of an English Lake County Bank Barn.
Originally 200 feet in length and capable of housing 100 dairy cows, the Mills Barn is one of two known examples of a bank barn in California. The foundation of the barn and other buildings, including an un-reinforced arched stone bridge, rely on Italian masonry techniques dating back to Roman times.
The current trail consists of the old ranch road winding its way alongside Mills Creek for about one mile up to a 1930's bungalow that serves as a park residence.
At this point the trail veers off the road and bends down to cross the creek allowing the visitor to look back in time while viewing the Mills Barn and surrounding outbuildings.
One can turn around at any point.
Bring Water - None is available in the park. Also Jacket, hat, sunscreen?
Dogs are not permitted.
Carpool from CVS at 1:30 PM or meet at the park at 2 PM
305 Higgins Canyon Rd, Half Moon Bay – Directions: Take Higgins Purisima Rd off Hwy 1 – continue on Higgins Canyon Rd. to 305 on your right.
San Benito House – 356 Main St. HMB
Registration required, so we know to look for you! Bring a guest!