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A strenuous, shaded hike that takes you to a massive sandstone formation, a vista overlooking the Santa Cruz Mountains and a towering old growth redwood.
When the trail is wet, look for the California slender salamander, banana slug and California newt
El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve is home to more than 36 miles of multi-use trail, popular with bicyclists, horseback riders, and hikers alike. You’ll find redwood forests, creekside trails, coastal and forest views, and unique features such as a giant sandstone formation and a nearly 2000 year old tree.
El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve is located in the upper headwaters of the San Gregorio Creek Watershed, which provides critical habitat for endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout. To help protect and restore the watershed, the District created the Watershed Protection Program. Its goal is to reduce erosion and sedimentation at the Preserve, while still allowing visitors to enjoy it year round.