Toothpick-tight singletrack, towering redwoods, sandstone rock gardens, and two knobby tires. Sound like the ingredients of a good thrill? Then get to the Peninsula’s El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve (aka Skeggs Point) for some instant fat tire euphoria. Intermediate to advanced mountain bikers can weave through more than 30 miles of tasty terrain. For a solid 6-mile introduction, loop together Fir, Taffoni, Resolution, and Methuselah Trails. Swooshing singletrack, tight turns, and chapparal ridges thread through cool redwood canyons while green ferns whiz by. Look out for Mother Nature’s obstacles: rocks, stumps, and roots keep things interesting. At Skeggs Point, the wild times are meant to roll.
From I-280, take Hwy. 92 west for a couple of miles. Turn south onto Skyline Blvd. (Hwy. 35) and go 9 miles. Go .25 mile south of the Skeggs Point vista parking lot to a small turnout and park. Pick up a map of the preserve at the kiosk. The vast network of trails can be overwhelming for first-timers. Ride north on the Sierra Morena Trail and make a left onto the Fir Trail. Go right on Tafoni Trail to get to El Corte de Madera Creek Trail; then turn left. Turn left again to ride up the Resolution Trail back to the Fir Trail. Ride back out the way you came, or take the Methuselah Trail back to your car.