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A steep winding fire road through redwood forest.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

Doubletrack

1,316' 401 m

High

177' 54 m

Low

1,139' 347 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Connects the fire road on the west side of Kent Dam to Bolinas Ridge.

From the small parking lot (time limit 1 hour) off Sir Francis Drake Blvd, pass by the Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area where salmon sometimes spawn (December- February). Continue on the dirt road marked Shafter Grade. The road begins to climb steeply, winding through a lush and attractive second-growth redwood forest with abundant bay laurel.

The uphill switchbacks are difficult and may feel like they go on forever, but at least the traffic noise is left behind. Near the top, the tree cover thins as you approach the top of the ridge, and the trail becomes exposed to the sky as soon as you reach the T intersection with Bolinas Ridge Trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: California State Parks

Shared By:

Riley McDonald

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#3,241

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#35,629

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The top of the very difficult Shafter climb.
Oct 5, 2015 near Lagunit…, CA
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Feb 13, 2022 near Lagunit…, CA
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