El Corte de Madera: Outer Reaches

San Francisco

A remote, challenging extension to the more popular loops at El Corte de Madera

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
11 km
Ascent
489 m
Descent
541 m
Low Point
232 m
High Point
575 m
Gradient
11˚
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El Corte de Madera: Outer Reaches Map

Description

This route serves as an optional extension to the more common loops found at El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space. Dubbed the “Outer Reaches” for lack of a better term, not only are these trails much more remote and less-defined than their cousins to the north, but you’ll also find the most technical trails in the network here. Specifically, this route includes the South Leaf Trail, Virginia Mill Trail, Lawrence Creek Trail, Blue Blossom Trail, and Spring Board Trail.

Where the more commonly-ridden trails consist of wide, flowing singletrack, the trails here are much narrower and less-maintained. Tight singletrack plunging through mud pits, traversing endless root webs, and dropping into rock gardens that have more in common with a dried-up waterfall than mountain bike trails is par for the course. Add in some serious sideslope with not-insignificant exposure, and these trails are definitely not for the faint of heart!

That said, those riders who do venture to El Corte de Madera’s outer reaches will experience a mountain bike adventure filled with challenge and daring that few Bay Area riders can claim!

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Road sections
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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