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.