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Manzanita + Giant Salamander

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 4.4 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The best way to the creek, and the steepest, albeit straightest way out.


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Map Key

8.5

Miles

13.7

KM

70%

Singletrack

2,358' 719 m

High

1,375' 419 m

Low

1,387' 423 m

Up

1,387' 423 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

Manzanita and Giant Salamander are incredible, flowy downhill sections, and they're linked up back-to-back in this route.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Nathan Miller

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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#195

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Methuselah Trail, Skeggs Point
Feb 4, 2015 near Woodside, CA
Forest in El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve.
Jul 2, 2018 near Portola…, CA
So peaceful.
Nov 10, 2019 near Portola…, CA
Manzita Trail - great climbing and descending.
Dec 20, 2020 near Woodside, CA
Fun and flowy sections everywhere at El Corte Madera Open Space Loop!
Dec 20, 2020 near Woodside, CA
View so the coast from Manzanita Trail.
Jan 28, 2018 near Woodside, CA

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Mar 2, 2021
Juan Carlos
Awesome conditions but getting dark way too early 8.1mi — 1h 37m
Feb 28, 2021
Aaron Honda
Dec 29, 2020
A T
9.2mi
Dec 4, 2020
Jeff Harris
8.5mi — 1h 20m
Feb 11, 2020
Josh Armbruster
8.1mi — 1h 33m