EL CORTE DE MADERA OPEN SPACE PRESERVE
Hike Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Leader: Gary Weiss
Leader Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leader Phone: 415-279-5570
Meeting Time: 8:45 AM
Departure Time: Shortly after 8:45 AM
Rating: Level 4
Mileage: 9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1600'
Description: I've always enjoyed the quiet and the peacefulness in this preserve. With the exception of one old-growth specimen the redwoods are all second and third growth, dense enough in places so that light barely makes it to the ground. The unfortunate name for the preserve means 'the cutting of wood'. Besides meandering through the deep redwood forest, along creeks that flow all year we'll hike the mostly exposed Manzanita Trail. It's the only section not in full shade. From the main parking area at the southeastern corner of the park we'll begin a descent on a fantastic, relatively new trail that takes us deep into the woods. Even on very warm days it stays relatively cool.
Towards the end of the hike we'll stop to visit the famous Methuselah Tree. And The tree's 1800 year history.
Depending on the weather we can extend the hike a bit or shorten it.
Sorry - dogs not allowed
Bring / Wear: Please bring plenty of water, lunch, layers and sturdy hiking shoes. Also, for a couple of short, steep downhills you may want to bring poles.
Weather Policy: Contact hikeleader if weather is questionable.
Trailhead Meeting Place: The newish main parking area is 10.3 miles south on Skyline Blvd from Hwy 92. The entrance is on the right. You can reach Hwy 92 from either 101, 280 or 880. Skyline starts at the very top of the hill just before it descends towards Half Moon Bay. Google Maps Link
Trailhead Meeting Time: 9:30 AM
Trailhead Departure Time: 9:45 AM
Total driving mileage to and from San Francisco: 69 miles
< 5 miles
< 500' gain