El Corte De Madera Creek Trail

El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, California

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El Corte De Madera Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Mateo County, California. It is within El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. It is three miles long and begins at 1,949 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,929 feet.
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El Corte De Madera Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Mateo County, California. It is within El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. It is three miles long and begins at 1,949 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,929 feet. This trail connects with the following: Tafoni Trail, North Leaf Trail and Resolution Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve
Distance: 3.0
Elevation Gain: 1,929 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,949 feet
Top Elevation: 2,303 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to El Corte De Madera Creek Trail
Parks: El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve
Elevation Min/Max: 1609/2303 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1949/1949 ft
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Bay Area Mountain Bike Trails

Bay Area Mountain Bike Trails

Car drivers cruising on a weekend morning along Skyline Boulevard above Woodside must wonder what is going on when they drive past Skegg’s Point overlook. This is the time of peak activity for mountain bikers as the parking area is usually crowded with bikes and sometimes resembles a staging area for a bike race. Just across the road from Skegg’s Point lies one of the most popular mountain bike destinations for advanced cyclists looking to improve their skills or simply to enjoy the challenges of the terrain in El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve. The location of El Corte de Madera on the steep western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains is what causes the trails to be so challenging. Bumpy, narrow and steep, the trails here are some of the most difficult around. The trails are mostly along narrow single-track. Steep terrain and often bumpy conditions make this one for skilled riders.

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Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area

Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area

There are more than 35 miles of trails in El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve and this is a great, not-too-technical loop in the slightly quieter southeast corner of the park. It ends on Spring Board Trail, which is more of a roller coaster than, well, a springboard.

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Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula

Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula

The 2821 forested acres of El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve, which include most of the drainage basin of El Corte de Madera Creek, lie west of Skyline Boulevard between Star Hill, Swett, and Bear Gulch roads. The creek rises from springs near the Skyline and flows between high ridges on the west side of the pre- serve, to be joined by its main tributary, Lawrence Creek, which flows through the southeast side. The preserve, from its 2400-foot high point, Sierra Morena, to the canyon where the creek leaves the lower boundary at an elevation of 700 feet, is a place of high ridges and precipitously steep, deep canyons. From some of these high ridges, views between the trees of Coastside and ocean are breathtaking. This trail guide includes the following trails: A Loop Trip to Sandstone Formation, Vista Point, and a Shady Valley, Westward Ho!, Meandering the Methuselah, Exploring the Headwaters of Lawrence Creek, A Loop Trip into the Preserve’s Southern Canyons.

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Mountain Biking the San Francisco Bay Area

Mountain Biking the San Francisco Bay Area

This popular open-space preserve offers miles of high-quality singletrack for the strong and technically adept rider. Thirty-six miles of trails weave through mixed evergreen forests, across dry ridges of chaparral, and down into lush redwood-lined canyons. Technical downhill runs pair with less rewarding climbs back up the hillside. The terrain is constantly changing and at times rugged. This crazy-eight loop is merely an introduction to the preserve; it takes several trips to fully explore all the trails and pick a route best suited to your riding preference. Trail surface: 60 percent singletrack and 40 percent dirt road (often overgrown).

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Mountain Bike! Northern California

Mountain Bike! Northern California

Ask locals who have been pedaling El Corte de Madera (ECdM) Creek Open Space Preserve since the late 1980s and they will tell you it has the best, most awesomely gnarly single-track trails in the Greater Bay Area. Today, well-signed ECdM is known for its challenging network of trails, and truth be told, it’s not a great place to introduce mountain biking to a true novice. Though there are several slightly smooth fire roads which are suitable for beginners and young families, most trails and fire roads are rugged with rocks and boulders, and their steepness is enough to scare off any neophyte. This eight-mile loop includes some of the easier trails, comprised of dirt fire roads and singletracks. Even so, the terrain on this loop is still challenging and aerobically strong riders with solid intermediate technical skills will find this loop a lot of fun. Completely enveloped by a lush, young redwood forest and encompassing several deep canyons carved by creeks, ECdM, to this day, enjoys a reputation as being a park naturally geared for accomplished riders.

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Mountain Biking Northern California

Mountain Biking Northern California

I first rode here several years ago and encountered mostly dirt roads, along with some sketchy, badly eroded singletracks. Since then the open space district has closed some of the inappropriate singletracks; with the help of volunteers, it has repaired others and built several new singletracks. The result is several miles of high-quality singletracks extending through beautiful redwood forests composed of California redwoods, tanbark oaks, and Douglas firs. Highlights: The largest system of singletrack available on the peninsula, many newly built. Lovely redwood groves and, if you’re lucky, a giant salamander. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails.

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Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area

Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area

This loop gets its name from the wide-eyed combination of descents down Fir and Manzanita trails mixed with the relatively mundane climbs up Methuselah and Timberview trails, respectively. This is the mountain bike park that all other parks should aspire to, and this is the loop where locally based mountain bike R&D folk come to work their trade.

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San Francisco Peninsula Bike Trails

San Francisco Peninsula Bike Trails

Car drivers cruising on a weekend morning along Skyline Boulevard above Woodside must wonder what is going on when they drive past Skegg’s Point overlook. This is the time of peak activity for mountain bikers as the parking area is usually crowded with bikes and sometimes resembles a staging area for a bike race. Just across the road from Skegg ’s Point lies one of the most popular mountain bike destinations for advanced cyclists looking to improve their skills or simply to enjoy the challenges of the terrain in El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve .The location of El Corte de Madera on the steep western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains is what causes the trails to be so challenging. Bumpy, narrow and steep, the trails here are some of the most difficult around. This ride follows a route through El Corte de Madera along some of its most popular trails. Single-track trails through thick forests and along constantly changing slopes provide both challenge and visual delights.

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Recent Trail Reviews

10/27/2011
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This area has everything: steeps, technical, wide and tight single track, jumps, rollers, climbs, 30 miles of trails to explore, and the fireroads are actually winding, rolling and fun. On my ride it was a bit muddy making some of technical sections even tougher. Nearly an hours drive from central SF, but completely worth it and better than what you will find in the North Bay and you don't have to battle the Bay Bridge traffic.


8/10/2008
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Great place to bike if you live in the Bay area. So many variations you can do. I have only ridden twice so far and have not found it that busy - although I have done both rides late in the day. Great combinations of good challenging climbs, technical stuff and some great fast tracks. I am new to MBing and I figure my skills will improve dramatically by riding here. Car park gets very crowded I am told. Update: 12/14/2008 - Rode to the bottom of Skegg's today and did North and South Leaf trails - amazing singeltrack - well worth the hard climb back out of the canyon


4/17/2007
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This trail has a lot of fun singletrack for mountain biking and offers a good workout, plenty of trails, and options for relatively short outings. The trails are technical enough to keep it interesting but don't require many dismountings and you can get by without suspension. Be prepared for cold, wet, and mud though. The location can catch passing fog and clouds.


5/13/2006
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skeggs is one of the most fun areas to mtn bike in the bay area. just a quick 20-30 minute trip south of san francisco, it has everything. my girlfriend and i did a 4 hour ride, about 17.5 miles. lots of great single-track and a great chunk of technical stuff. we put together a slightly different loop than this map, but hit most of the recommended route. make SURE you don't miss the crosscut trail going right into the giant salamander trail. (east to west direction) it's so damn much fun it's ridiculous. we didn't ride it this time, but the blue blossom trail is incredible, too. ride it clockwise. if you like the technical stuff make sure you hit the manzanita trail. very rocky and lots of fun. if you live in the bay area and love mountain biking you need to ride skeggs...


9/19/2005
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Tough singletrack, steep grades, beautiful scenery, excellent workout. This trail has it all.



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