photo by David Baron.
Tafoni Trail to El Corte de Madera Creek Trail
To begin your journey on this moderate 3.5-mile roundtrip hike, park in the Skegg’s Point lot, carefully cross Skyline Boulevard and enter the preserve through gate #CM01. Just a little ways down the path, keep right at the split to stay on Tafoni Trail. As you follow the trail, any noise from Skyline Boulevard will quickly be replaced by the sounds of the forest. A mile down the trail, a small path on your right will lead you through madrones to the intricate honeycombs of the Tafoni sandstone formation. Once you’ve returned to Tafoni Trail, hike between redwoods, tanoaks, madrones, and huckleberry for .8 miles until you reach the trail junction. Head right onto a nice, easy stretch of El Corte de Madera Creek Trail. Listen for the trickle of the creek and look for starflower, wild rose, big leaf maple, and California bays to join the forest. After 1.4 miles, you’ll meet up with Tafoni Trail again. Turn left onto Tafoni Trail to follow it back to Skyline Boulevard.
Plan Your Hike
Address: El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, Skyline Boulevard CA-35, Woodside, CA 94062
Hours: The preserve opens half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset.
Directions: click here for Google maps directions
Parking: For Tafoni Trail and El Corte de Madera Trail, park at the Caltrans Skeggs Point Parking Lot on Skyline Boulevard, about 8.5 miles south of Highway 92. Note: This parking lot can fill up quickly on weekends, so plan to start your hike early!
- Horseback Riding
More to Explore
- Learn more about El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve
- Visit the official El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve page
- Tafoni Trail Map
- Find more redwood activities
- Find Volunteer opportunities at the park