Manzanita and Giant Salamander
are incredible, flowy downhill sections, and they're linked up back-to-back in this route.
Start from the El Corte de Madera Creek Trail
parking lot CM04, and follow Sierra Morena Trail
until you reach the Fir Trail (Upper)
, which is a little disappointing because it's wide fire road. You'll quickly turn off the fire road, however, onto Manzanita Trail
, which is one of the best downhill sections.
Turn right at the end onto some wide doubletrack/fire road (Timberview Trail
), then right at the fork. This is where you begin Giant Salamander
, which is an absolute beauty of a flowy downhill. You'll end at a bridge, and immediately start climbing. Get ready, because climbing Methuselah Trail
, while not technical, is steep and unrelenting.
After about a mile up, you'll join Sierra Morena Trail
again, which will take you back to the parking lot. If you have some more climbing in you, take a detour onto Oljon Trail
to Steam Donkey Trail
, then take Gordon Mill Trail
, back up to where you detoured onto Oljon Trail
Shared By: Nathan Miller