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Shafter Grade Trail (Kent Dam to Bolinas Ridge)

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Length

1.7 Miles 2.8 Kilometers


Doubletrack

Elevation

1,139' 347 m

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Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

1,316' 401 m

High

177' 54 m

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A steep winding fire road through redwood forest.

Riley McDonald

Overview

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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.

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Land Manager: California State Parks

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Aug 20, 2016
Steve Yslas
That's a whole lotta climbing!

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  2.5 from 2 votes

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#2,025

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John Harris
San Francisco, CA
John Harris   San Francisco, CA
This is not easy! This is a brutal climb that will test the fittest rider. It is not a particularly technical climb, but it is a steep relentless one. Apr 6, 2014

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