The El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, south of the city, is popular with mountain bikers because of its 36 miles of trails. The technical single-track trails flow through rugged terrain and old growth stands of Redwoods.
What Makes It Great
Once a site of heavy logging, the reserve has stories to tell. The Resolution Trail is named for victims of a DC-6 airplane crash that occurred here in 1953. This single-track trail meanders through Corte Madera Canyon. Look for the wildly unique sandstone boulder formation on the Tafoni Trail, and be sure to check out the Methuselah Trail and Gordon Mill Trail too. Watch out for horseback riders and hikers.
Who is Going to Love It
The riding here is primarily intermediate, cruising through shady forests with some fast singletrack. It's a good destination for all levels of riders.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Located on the west side of Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard), about one mile south of the Caltrans Skeggs Point parking area and 2.7 miles north of the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 84.