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El Corte de Madera

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 68

Everything from very Technical Singletrack to mellow Fireroads. Lots of different loops, routes available. Nice redwood forest area with a big creek at the bottom. Excellent variety of trails from woodsy singletrack to fast fireroads to rocky sandstone. Stays fairly cool thanks to tree coverage and proximity to oceanside winds. Lots of mosquitos in summer. Very muddy in winter.
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Latitude
37.41086887169972
Longitude
-122.30589866638184
Trail Directions
I-280 or 101 to highway 92 west. At the top of the hill, turn left onto Skyline Blvd (hwy 35). Skyline south for 8 miles to the Skegg's Point parking lot on the left. (Note that you can't legally turn left directly into the parking lot; instead, continue along Skyline and make a U-turn.)

Or coming from the South, take 84 west from 280, then turn right onto 92 north. Follow for about 7 miles, Skegg's Point will be on your right hand side.
Trail Length
4 miles to 25 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
San Mateo
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Review Date
July 26, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: gavman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Note, there are another 50 or so reviews for this area under the trail name "Skeggs," which is the CalTrans vista point parking lot on Skyline adjacent to the park affectionately known as ECdM. Pound for pound, this area is the best collection of legal, technical, flowing singletrack in the Bay Area, beating out the likes of Tamarancho, China Camp, and others. But these accolades don't come without a price - climbing, usually to finish the ride (think soaping up after rinsing). So not for beginners for the most part, unless one stays in the Sierra Morena area along Skyline without dropping in. Must do's are Resolution (down from Fir), North Leaf, Manzanita (the most technical trail imho), Crosscut (too short!?), Giant Salamander (from Timberview, NOT Methuselah!), and Sierra Morena (from Fir) - these are all XC treats - for more DH-type stuff, mack the waterbarred fireroads and the south end of the park. I've always done full-suspension and swore I wouldn't go hardtail, but recent forays have seen the 26 and 29 inch hardtails in use. You only need to avoid Manzanita to enjoy a hardtail out here.

The route below is a fat(ter) loop(s) that incorporates all of the goodness with plenty of climbing.

Recommended Route:
CM02
Right Sierra Morena
Right Fir
CM01/Tafoni
Right ECdM Creek (Casey Jones you better ...)
Left Tafoni
Right Fir
Right Resolution
Left EcdM Creek
Left North Leaf
Left Methuselah
Right Manzanita
Right Timberview
Right Giant Salamander
Right Methuselah
Right Manzanita
Right Timberview
Left Crosscut
Right Crossover
Left Gordon Mill
Left Sierra Morena
CM02

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Purissima is next door and has a great but not-so-flowy screaming downhill; like others suggest, it is best linked up with ECdM and don't bother on the weekends. Belmont's Water Dog Lake Park - hand-cut trails but way too many blind corners and lots of other riders/hikers. Bring a bell; in fact, don't ride without one - other users dig it.



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Review Date
July 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Quik564 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A video summary of a sweet all-season loop at ECdM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkCtXHPTG2A

Tons of options, you could make a short loop or an epic. Amazing!

Recommended Route:
CM02 - Sierra Morena - Blue Blossom - Crossover - Crosscut - Manzanita - Fir - Resolution - ECdM Creek - Sierra Morena - CM02.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Demo Forest, Purisima Creek, Saratoga Gap, Waterdog, Wilder Ranch, Russian Ridge...



Comments
gregg (06/04/2010)
Nice video, thanks for sharing.
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Review Date
September 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jervana ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've ridden "Skeggs" a few times and am finally beginning to figure this place out. There's an endless variety of loops and routes you can take, with proper trail markers to lead you into the right direction. A couple of great trails have been closed though, but hopefully they will be opened soon and better than ever.

Recommended Route:
Hit up Manzanita, Resolution. If you've got legs, do a full loop counterclockwise (north leaf, south leaf).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Waterdog



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Review Date
August 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: rpalmer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am from Utah and have lived in the Bay Area 6 months now. I have biked a different trail every week since I got here and this system is by FAR the best I have found out here (including Henry Coe and anything you hear about in Marin). The trick that people don't seem to know is that you can park at the bottom -- you don't have to park at Skegg's and its a short drive from Skyline to the bottom of the preserve. Well, its not quite the bottom, you still have to climb out a little, but I park at the bottom, ride to the bottom of the preserve and climb to the top of the other side, somewhere by Skegg's, and its not a bad climb at all. The downhill is FUN, the only place where I can really open up and cruise for a while. The trails are in great shape and work perfect with a mountain bike. There are a lot of fire roads, but you can easily avoid them if you want to plan your route around them.

Recommended Route:
Take any route to the top that will let you come down El Corte Madera Creek Trail. That is my favorite way down so far. Avoid going down on Manzanita. It looks inviting at first but it gets very technical with extremely rocky sections -- might be better coming up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I hear there is some good stuff in Santa Cruz, but I haven't gotten down there yet. Henry Coe State Park trails were ok, but not nearly as good as this.



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Review Date
February 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: poff ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I hate fire road climbs and this place is all about them. Do not get me wrong, I love to climb, but on singletrack. This place would be perfect is all fireroads would become singletrack overnight. Overall, it is a good workout on SS. Resolution has a few hairy spots, but otherwise it is not very technical (may be cause I always do Manzanita up).

Recommended Route:
dan51's root -> cm02 -> cm05 -> blue blossom (yammy) -> crosscut -> manzanita -> fir -> resolution -> tafoni -> back to cm02

Other recommended trails in the same area:
demo, henry coe (oh yeaHHHHHHHH)



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