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blueBlack Resolution Trail


1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 487' 148 m
Descent: -33' -10 m
High: 2,207' 673 m
Low: 1,753' 534 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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A deep, dark, woodsy hillside trail that passes near the site of a 1953 plane crash.

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The Resolution Trail is a favorite in the Corte Madera area. Starting from the junction with the El Corte de Madera Creek Trail, climb steadily out of the dark canyon to the lighter, brighter canopy. Sections of level trail are interspersed with moderate inclines on twisty, technical singletrack. The terrain on Resolution changes from dirt trails at the bottom to rocky surfaces at top, making the last part of the incline extra challenging.

The Resolution Trail is named after a DC-6 airplane which crashed into the side of this mountain in October 1953. Eight crew members and eleven passengers died in the accident. It was flying a leg of its route from Sydney to Vancouver and was attempting to land in San Francisco in heavy clouds/fog. The crash and fire destroyed the airplane and left debris strewn throughout the forest. Sharp-eyed folks might see a few twisted scraps of metal, but it is illegal (and very disrespectful) to remove any artifacts from the site. The crash site is about halfway along the Resolution trail on the west/downhill side.

At a sharp switchback left, the Resolution Trail begins to ascend at a somewhat steeper grade. The trail becomes rocky, and one area is stripped of topsoil, leaving a sandstone surface. The sloping chaparral-covered hillside permits a rare view south, to a swath of conifers. The Resolution Trail ends at a T junction with Fir Trail (Upper) and Fir Trail (Lower).

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Jun 24, 2018
Chris M
Interesting climb. Rolling uphill through chunk is fun. I will have to go back and master all the tech sections. 1mi

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