Explore the most popular views trails in El Corte De Madera Creek Open Space Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Definitely a very nice trail,
probably ideal for hot days because is very well shaded, pretty good balance for ups and downs, not hard, decent.

Great hike. Well shaded. There were more hikers and bikers than would have liked but there were long stretches where no one could be found. A lot of crisscrossing of other trails so make sure you are aware. All in all great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

parking at skeggs pt a little bit south of the trail head. a worthwhile hike although there were a lot of mtn bikers the day we were there. take a little detour to see the spooky tafoni sandstone formation.

Shady forested area, really nice

on Tafoni and Fir Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike if you go down to the bottom of the fir trail and climb back up. Almost 1000 feet of elevation over 1 Mile. Very challenging without stopping but great for training the lungs. Also the sandstone rock is amazing. I went on a Friday when it was 100 degrees so I had the whole trail to myself. Bring plenty of water as it was the first time I finished my 3 liter bladder right as I was walking to the car. Also the trail head is across the street down 0.1 miles from Skeggs Parking lot.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice shaded trail although not very scenic.

hiking
11 months ago

Solid P'nsula Hike. Easy to find trail head however parking lot fills up. DONT take the spur (more later). Mostly covered - trail in good condition - only one I saw on the trail at 7AM were a ton of mountain bikers - nice guys but some of the trails are really narrow for two. I took the spur that is on the original map - dont do it. Straight down, nothing at the bottom and coming up wasnt easy. Keeping it from a 5 star - no real views

Great hike. Shady most the way. Mountain bikers frequently the back half. What goes down must come up!! :-)

hiking
11 months ago

I pleasant enough walk in the forest, and perfect for a casual morning / afternoon hike. I wouldn't recommend taking the southern spur: there was nothing but a dusty trail down there, and walking back up wasn't particularly exciting.

hiking
11 months ago

There are many different trails you can take, but each trail is pretty long. However, it is a challenge to hike any trail you choose.. The lower the altitude you get to, the harder it gets to get back up. You definitely feels the burns in your muscles, and you sweat like never before.
Overall, it just a beautiful trail period. The sounds of the trees, the birds, the waterfalls, and the wind it is all very great to enjoy. There are mean old mosquitoes, bug repellent is a must. Take plenty of water. Make you sure you enjoy this hike. Can't wait to go back at it, again!!! I love to enjoy nature.

It's a solid 4, the trails are very popular with mountain bikers so just aware of the cross traffic. The parking is really easy and there's tons of trail signs and posts so you'll never get lost. Enough of a terrain to get a good workout but not too much where it's not impossible.

Stunning. So many trails, all gorgeous. Love love love.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

GORGEOUS. This is part of a huge network of trails, and if you take the Fir trail all the way down and continue, you run into a sweet creek and waterfall.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

This is a fun hike with plenty of things to check out .

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Great ~6Mi hike with awesome scenery. Do it often.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Great trail!!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Love!

Monday, April 04, 2016

beautiful hike! we tracked it using a GPS app. it's actually 5.9 miles and 2017 ft elevation gain.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Really sweet rock formation and nice hike in the woods.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Loads of Scub Oak, redwoods and wildflowers. One real nice rock formation. The paths are cleared and wide. There's lots of hills and gullies and a good amount of shade. Good family hike.

trail running
Thursday, December 18, 2014

An amazing ride the elevation change is brutal, your running in forest with streams near by its an awesome trail! If you can midweek is best as the trails can be empty at times!!!

trail running
Monday, August 19, 2013

Very very popular MTB area but good for hiking and trail running especially the southern end of the park. Way crowded on weekends.

mountain biking
Monday, May 13, 2013

A great place to mountain bike. Has some great technical single tracks and hairy switchbacks. Plenty of areas where you'll run into some pretty rocky terrain on your descent. Definitely not a place for beginners. Giant Salamander is an awesome trail. Although this can be done on a hard tail, a full suspension bike is highly recommended. You'll basically be riding down into a big bowl so wherever you ride, there is going to be an unpleasant climb back up.

hiking
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The hiking was pretty decent, but the description doesn't lie when it says that the trails are used primarily for mountain biking. There were a lot of cyclists blazing past us until we turned off on one of the steepest trails to go down into the gully. Nonetheless, it was very enjoyable.

hiking
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

You definitely have to pay attention for cyclists, but I very much enjoyed my hike here.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Excellent riding and views. The singletrack down Manzanita is very technically challenging - I would not recommend it for kids/beginners. A long steady climb back up the fire road at the end of the day. Awesome!

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