El Corte De Madera Creek Open Space

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4.33 out of 5
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Intermediate
40
miles

Singletrack
↑ 13,800 ft
↓ 12,000 ft
2,321
elevation (ft)

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There are maps at the trailhead and there are several trails you can combine to make short or long loops. You start at about 2000 ft and drop into the forest on singletrack/doubletrack trails. The downhill can be long and fun, but remember you have to climb up eventually so save some energy. You may encounter a few rocky technical sections on the descent. There is a lot of tight, fast singletrack that curves in and out of the humongous redwoods. Some of the best singletrack I have ever ridden. The first time I went we took the Timberview Trail to the Virginia Mill Trail. Had to dismount and cross a creek at the Virgina Mill Trail because some trees were knocked down covering the trail. We climbed up on the South/North Leaf trails and finally took the El Corte de Madera Creek Trail back to Skeggs point. The trails are all well marked, I'll definitely be back to ride some of the other trails in the network. If you are looking for awesome downhill, sweet singletrack, or a test of your climbing abilities, this place has it all. A great place to get lost in the redwoods.
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

October 7, 2016
Adge Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great single track and downhills but if you go to the bottom there is a lot of climbing to get back up. You can link the trails in a lot of diff ways. Make sure to get a map.

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Bunny Hop

June 29, 2015
MtBen Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Very fun, lots of climbing. Go with someone who knows the way.

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August 24, 2014
Guest   
 
Review: Fantastic Flowing trails with some technical bits

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Poseur

November 11, 2013
mc625569 Poseur  
 
Review: I'm in the minority here, but found the climb out of the park just too steep, over 20% grade in a few areas, had to walk out . Also the forest is very thick , limiting visiibility in some ways and almost causing a claustrophobic feel. Not really my type of place.

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World Champ


June 30, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: What a great trail system! Theres some Doubletrack and fire roads mixed in but when you get on te singletrack it is so sweet! Excellent bench cut trails, and amazing scenery deep in the redwoods. Some of the trails are much more used than others, and at times it can really feel like youre in the middle of nowhere. Also, there is way more than 20 miles of riding here. Try closer to 40.

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Bunny Hop

October 9, 2009
 
Review: very fun trail, lots of great single track and a beautiful setting too. this is by far my favorite local trail to ride.

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Bunny Hop

April 2, 2009
CF3 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Really fun network of trails. Lots of options as far as loops go. Gets pretty busy on the weekends. I just moved from New England and this is one of my first rides in California, I heard that this place was "technical" before i went. I have to say it is not very technical at all compared to anything on the eastcoast, and that's a good thing. No need for a full suspension here. this place is very well maintained. can't wait to go back!

Similar Trail: tamarancho

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Gnarly

July 12, 2007
 
Review: This review is of the Fir -> Resolution -> El Corte Madera Crk -> N. Leaf -> Methusela -> Sierra Morena loop. Wow, was that fun! Fir is an easy fire road and you dump almost immediately down some sweet singletrack on Resolution. Very fast, very fun. Lots of trees and rocks to dodge. N. leaf is on an often off-camber hill which demands some elegance with your bike handling. Methusela is a sweet bomb of a bit over half a mile. Quite a bit wider than previous trails and there are several jumps to get airborne. Watch for corners. Then up up up about over 3.5 miles mostly in the shade. connect with morena and you're done. Fantastic shorter ride, but the constant elevation change zapped me. there are lots of other trails to extend the ride but haven't been on them yet. Overall, very good with a fantastic fun factor if you like jedi singletrack. Only gripe is the end game climb cuz I would rather do the work at the beginning. Also to note was that I saw several hikers, and this was on a Thursday late morning, afternoon.

Similar Trail: Soquel Demonstration Forest.

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Bunny Hop

September 13, 2006
gshoops Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Very good location. A bit challenging to drive up for you car but worth it. Multiple loops and options, many trails to choose from to make a short ride or a long ride. a must do is head up to the vista point, great view over the clouds. great rock gardens for some technical riding and sweet singletrack. awsome creek crossing personally my favorite place to ride.

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Granny Gear

July 7, 2006
 
Review: Awesome trails cross and follow the steep conours of this open space preserve. Every combination, from smooth, sweeping, fast and wide trails to arduous single track with roots, rocks and lots and lots of hairpins. One of my favorites is Resolution trail, probably the the best single track I've riden. It is so good that last time I visited I went down one way, turned around and went right back up. On a hard-tail some of these trails are tougher but then I enjoy a challenge. Other recommendations are Methusala, a long and varied ride, and Fir, for it's fast, steep descents. If you park at Skeggs Point, the only minor gripe I can think of is that you start at the top, descend and then have to cycle back up - personally I prefer to 'earn' the downhill. I guess if you park at Star Hill Road then you can climb first but then I haven't tried it. All in all this is highly recommended.

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El Corte De Madera Creek Open Space MTB Trail 4.33 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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