El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve - Mountain Biking

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These 36-miles of technical, single-track trails are popular for mountain bikers looking to challenge themselves in stands of old-growth Redwoods.


36.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

31.2 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

3 hours

2-4 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


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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.

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El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve

Redwood City, CA,
37.357719, -122.20746

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