14.2 miles
Distance
3,129 ft
Climb
-3,125 ft
Descent
2,394 ft
High Point

Biking all the way around the preserve. Hits both Resolution and South leaf.

Detailed Description
Corte de Madera Circumference is a 14 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Redwood City California. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 20 trails. This route climbs 3,129 ft with a max elevation of 2,394 ft then descends -3,125 ft.
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72 Reviews & Comments

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crabkilla (Nov 13, 2022 at 13:23)
Sun, Nov 13, 2022 Report - trail is in great condition but has a couple of downed trees in the way. Still passable. Nice and damp from recent rains.
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crabkilla (Nov 13, 2022 at 13:23)
Sun, Nov 13, 2022 Report - trail is in great condition but has a couple of downed trees in the way. Still passable. Nice and damp from recent rains.
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crabkilla (Nov 13, 2022 at 13:23)
Sun, Nov 13, 2022 Report - trail is in great condition but has a couple of downed trees in the way. Still passable. Nice and damp from recent rains.
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crabkilla (Nov 13, 2022 at 13:23)
Sun, Nov 13, 2022 Report - trail is in great condition but has a couple of downed trees in the way. Still passable. Nice and damp from recent rains.
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crabkilla (Nov 13, 2022 at 13:23)
Sun, Nov 13, 2022 Report - trail is in great condition but has a couple of downed trees in the way. Still passable. Nice and damp from recent rains.
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Juansee21 (Aug 5, 2022 at 22:49)
Trail Resolution
This is a blue trail only. It is still fun but short
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TrailRider662636 (Jul 24, 2022 at 20:24)
Trail North Leaf
Goes very off camber in some parts with big drops. Also, there is a blind 3 foot drop on to a small jagged rock which is a bit difficult.
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TrailRider662636 (Jul 24, 2022 at 20:20)
Trail South Leaf
This trail is just skinny single track with a few drops-offs and few advanced features. Only requires intermediate skills to clear.
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TrailRider662636 (Aug 14, 2022 at 16:22)
Trail South Leaf
Nvm. The whole trail is probably expert. Includes sequences of root drops that go down and are pitched at different angles. If you don't take them right, you will go OTB.
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abarisone (Jun 15, 2022 at 23:46)
Trail Resolution
I am a fast rider - it’s simply not a difficult trail no matter how fast you go. Going faster makes all trains ‘harder’ but it doesn’t make all trails black rated.
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abarisone (Jun 3, 2022 at 20:49)
Trail Resolution
This trail should be ridden downhill direction only. There are plenty of alternate routes to take to climb out. There is absolutely no way this trail should be considered a black. Strong blue at the very most. Mix of loamy single track with a couple rocky and/or rooty technical sections. Despite the dry spell the trails are running really well and have been immaculately maintained.
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Kidklayko (Jun 15, 2022 at 19:48)
Trail Resolution
Try going faster, Resolution is the second gnarliest trail after South Leaf. I think it is more difficult than Fir to be honest because of the awkwardness and less topography it is harder to navigate without putting a foot down.
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Kidklayko (Apr 16, 2022 at 8:33)
Trail Methuselah
One of the better trails in the park for sure, very flowy and one of the only continuous dh with no climbs in skeggs.
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Kidklayko (Apr 11, 2022 at 21:34)
Trail South Leaf
This trail is really tricky. It's super tight and awkward in a lot of the trails, It also has lots of snappy ups and downs so be ready to work. A lot of off-camber sections. It's a black but be cautious, it could be a double black. There is one feature that Jizgrey mentioned that is near impossible to ride. I submitted a picture. It features a 5 ft rock drop into a steep sharp off-camber turn that will send you off the mountain if you're not careful. Best of luck, but I have no idea how to ride it since it has no landing.
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TrailRider662636 (Jul 24, 2022 at 20:21)
Trail South Leaf
I wouldn't compare this trail to ones like Mile or Crack, its probably a blue black.
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Kidklayko (Jul 24, 2022 at 20:39)
Trail South Leaf
I know I found it just awkward and weird in places, that make it hard to ride without putting a foot down, it’s not or steep or anything, maybe I’ll ride it again, I’ve only ridden it once a and a second ride might change my mind, I might have just been riding crappy
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TrailRider662636 (Aug 7, 2022 at 10:26)
Trail South Leaf
True
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Kidklayko (Mar 27, 2022 at 20:57)
Trail North Leaf
Great trail, rode it for the first time today, It's a little techy in some spots that could maybe make it a black, but for the most part it's a blue, Also this trail could use a haircut, it is slightly overgrown
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Kidklayko (Mar 20, 2022 at 21:13)
If you go the way suggested the beginning has a sorta jump line, it's only like 3/4 mile but fast as hell, and the climb after isn't bad. Then the downhill kicks in again, but with a flowier feel, only after you climb back out.
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Kidklayko (Mar 20, 2022 at 21:13)
If you go the way suggested the beginning has a sorta jump line, it's only like 3/4 mile but fast as hell, and the climb after isn't bad. Then the downhill kicks in again, but with a flowier feel, only after you climb back out.
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Kidklayko (Mar 20, 2022 at 21:13)
If you go the way suggested the beginning has a sorta jump line, it's only like 3/4 mile but fast as hell, and the climb after isn't bad. Then the downhill kicks in again, but with a flowier feel, only after you climb back out.
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Kidklayko (Mar 20, 2022 at 21:13)
If you go the way suggested the beginning has a sorta jump line, it's only like 3/4 mile but fast as hell, and the climb after isn't bad. Then the downhill kicks in again, but with a flowier feel, only after you climb back out.
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Kidklayko (Mar 20, 2022 at 21:13)
If you go the way suggested the beginning has a sorta jump line, it's only like 3/4 mile but fast as hell, and the climb after isn't bad. Then the downhill kicks in again, but with a flowier feel, only after you climb back out.
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Kidklayko (Feb 21, 2022 at 22:38)
Trail Resolution
Downhill only please, it's better, fairly techy trail, black
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jkrogue (Feb 9, 2022 at 10:11)
Trail Resolution
Great trail for climbing or ascending!
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norbyd (Jul 22, 2021 at 22:56)
Trail South Leaf
Did this today and walked most of it!

There are definitely some techy sections with exposure and rooty/rocky sections.

I’m typically not one to Bike-a-Hike, but felt I better to avoid the ER!
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Wmmiller2 (Feb 14, 2021 at 11:21)
Lots of leaves and branches down. Wet with puddles in corners
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Wmmiller2 (Feb 14, 2021 at 11:21)
Lots of leaves and branches down. Wet with puddles in corners
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mtbflauto (Jan 5, 2021 at 11:22)
Trail North Leaf
The video for this trail looks like Methuselah, not North Leaf
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MtbSkier71 (Dec 27, 2020 at 13:02)
Trail Oljon
The upper part to Steam Donkey is fun, fun, fun. My 11 year old son developed his skills riding this to Steam Donkey (upper only) to Gordon Mill up. It's a great ~20 minute loop that isn't too technical but just enough variety to learn skills and have fun. Make some noise on blind turns since this is a well hiked trail. More experienced riders will enjoy taking this trail at speed and mastering the switchbacks.
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MtbSkier71 (Dec 27, 2020 at 13:02)
Trail Oljon
The upper part to Steam Donkey is fun, fun, fun. My 11 year old son developed his skills riding this to Steam Donkey (upper only) to Gordon Mill up. It's a great ~20 minute loop that isn't too technical but just enough variety to learn skills and have fun. Make some noise on blind turns since this is a well hiked trail. More experienced riders will enjoy taking this trail at speed and mastering the switchbacks.
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winkeyless (Dec 14, 2020 at 23:10)
Trail North Leaf
Midpen really should widen the narrowest part. It’s NOT safe to ride next to a cliff. Fun descent and best with a dropper
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winkeyless (Dec 14, 2020 at 23:01)
Trail Oljon
Flowy and good for connecting to Blue Blossom. Yeah there’s one blind steep climb. Gravel bike can do this too.
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winkeyless (Dec 14, 2020 at 23:01)
Trail Oljon
Flowy and good for connecting to Blue Blossom. Yeah there’s one blind steep climb. Gravel bike can do this too.
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mtbflauto (Aug 26, 2020 at 19:40)
Trail Methuselah
great trail. must ride if in skeggs.
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scottbikes23 (Aug 22, 2020 at 15:47)
Trail Resolution
Go down
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Stefp (Jul 23, 2020 at 16:54)
Trail Oljon
Tree down across trail just north of turn for steam donkey
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Stefp (Jul 23, 2020 at 16:54)
Trail Oljon
Tree down across trail just north of turn for steam donkey
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Didimouman (Jul 6, 2020 at 23:08)
Trail Resolution
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Csheu (May 25, 2020 at 0:09)
Trail Resolution
Tried out a demo emtb Oreba Wild FS going up Resolution and got stuck a few times and bottomed out in the rock gardens and roots, but did the entire loop in under an hour on Emtb mode. Next time will be coming down this trail!
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Karlvision (Jan 30, 2020 at 14:22)
Trail South Leaf
There are some downed trees so keep a lookout. At least one of them is a surprise around a corner.
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iiixi4jlow (Oct 29, 2019 at 19:48)
Tt
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iiixi4jlow (Oct 29, 2019 at 19:48)
Tt
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Hburks (Oct 5, 2019 at 18:39)
+1 to deln78's comments - I road this after missing a turnoff and it was a fun, convenient and maybe better access to lower El Corte De Madero Creek trail.
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Hburks (Oct 5, 2019 at 18:28)
Trail South Leaf
South Leaf is pretty gnarly as jizgrey indicates - did it as part of a 'grand loop', that followed with Virginia->Lawrence->New Oljon->Moreno. Definitely some advanced sections and some hike-a-bike (at least for me). No one on this trail or the loop all Sat afternoon, super quiet!
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deln78 (Jul 16, 2019 at 13:15)
Trail Oljon
Really nice intermediate trail with some flowy parts, but also some blind corners to watch out for. A few tight switchbacks earn it a blue rating.
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deln78 (Jul 16, 2019 at 13:15)
Trail Oljon
Really nice intermediate trail with some flowy parts, but also some blind corners to watch out for. A few tight switchbacks earn it a blue rating.
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deln78 (Jul 16, 2019 at 13:08)
Trail Methuselah
The part from the end of North Leaf down to the bottom is one of the best trail segments in the park. Some fun "jumps" on water bars, nice grade, chunk, quick turns, etc.
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deln78 (Jul 16, 2019 at 13:05)
Though marked here as an "access road", the bottom part is single track, and the upper part has some gnarly/rocky steep sections. Pretty fun way to go down as an easier alternative to Resolution.
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jizgrey (Jul 14, 2019 at 13:01)
Except to access Blue Blossom
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jizgrey (Jul 14, 2019 at 13:01)
Except to access Blue Blossom
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Dgutz (Jun 11, 2019 at 20:00)
Trail Spring Board
The bottom portion of Blue Blossom leading up to this trail, and the first section of this trail, are brutally steep.
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brookelwagner (May 24, 2019 at 8:46)
Trail Resolution
This is one of the most fun descents in the park and I really wish it was suggested as a downhill only trail.... if you are climbing Resolution, you are missing out! :-)
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jizgrey (Jan 6, 2019 at 1:42)
Those jumps in the picture are NOT of this trail.
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jizgrey (Jan 6, 2019 at 1:42)
Those jumps in the picture are NOT of this trail.
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jizgrey (Jan 6, 2019 at 1:42)
Those jumps in the picture are NOT of this trail.
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jizgrey (Jan 6, 2019 at 1:42)
Those jumps in the picture are NOT of this trail.
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jizgrey (Jan 6, 2019 at 1:42)
Those jumps in the picture are NOT of this trail.
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jizgrey (Jan 6, 2019 at 1:41)
Trail Resolution
Great trail either direction. Going in the direction suggested here, the second half is challenging, esp climbing the rock garden. Try a no-dab run.
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jizgrey (Jan 5, 2019 at 14:01)
There's little reason to take Lawrence in the direction suggested here. It's a fire road.
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jizgrey (Jan 5, 2019 at 14:01)
There's little reason to take Lawrence in the direction suggested here. It's a fire road.
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jizgrey (Jan 5, 2019 at 13:59)
Trail South Leaf
Awesome trail. Narrow, winding up and down with some technical stuff. One of the best in the park. The only issue is what to do after. Either turn around and ride it back, or deal with the long ride out to Blue Blossom on Virgina and Lawrence.
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Kidklayko (Apr 17, 2022 at 12:26)
Trail South Leaf
Or continue on it to the road past virgina mill and climb up the road. It’s a really easy climb and it puts you at the top of methuselah trail
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jizgrey (Jan 5, 2019 at 13:55)
Mostly fast descending fire road in a beautiful and remote section of the park. Not many people riding down there.
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DKSF (Aug 11, 2018 at 15:42)
Trail Spring Board
Pretty much a fire road that is step in some sections. Should be purple triangle.
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ethanromer (Nov 6, 2017 at 17:20)
Nice downhill flowy trail with jumps and a minor climb. Recommended
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ethanromer (Nov 6, 2017 at 17:20)
Nice downhill flowy trail with jumps and a minor climb. Recommended
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ethanromer (Nov 6, 2017 at 17:20)
Nice downhill flowy trail with jumps and a minor climb. Recommended
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ethanromer (Nov 6, 2017 at 17:20)
Nice downhill flowy trail with jumps and a minor climb. Recommended
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ethanromer (Nov 6, 2017 at 17:20)
Nice downhill flowy trail with jumps and a minor climb. Recommended
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max87 (Sep 10, 2017 at 19:49)
Mostly fire road...???? Thank you very much....
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henrybeamish (Mar 23, 2015 at 20:28)
Trail North Leaf
fun to go fast on
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More Stats for Corte de Madera Circumference mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude min
    755 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,283 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,287 ft
  • Grade max
    -47.3%
  • Grade min
    55.1%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,117 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Tafoni (Lower)
Nov 25, 2022 @ 1:35pm
Nov 25, 2022
Tree down on single track part of the trail.
North Leaf
Nov 25, 2022 @ 1:34pm
Nov 25, 2022
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. Lots of branches, passable but not fun.
South Leaf
Nov 14, 2022 @ 11:51am
Nov 14, 2022
Trail is in great condition as a result of recent rains. Be gone, dusty trail!
Resolution
Nov 13, 2022 @ 9:36pm
Nov 13, 2022
Trail is ideal due to recent rain
El Corte de Madera Creek
Nov 13, 2022 @ 1:25pm
Nov 13, 2022
Trail is in excellent condition due to recent rain. Couple of downed trees but still passable
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