Skeggs point - Trail, Woodside/ San Mateo, California

Skeggs point - Trail, Woodside/ San Mateo, California

DESCRIPTION

Fire Road and single track, difficulty ranges from "take the kids" to "see the face of God and piss yourself as He turns you and your aluminum steed into a sticky red ball..." Skeggs is also known as El Corte de Madera OSP. the terrain is 2nd growth redwood forest surrounding some supurb single track and some awesome Kamakaze down hills. if you just want to do a quick 8 mile loop Skeggs'll have something just for you. If you want a multimile vomitfest all you need to do is link a couple of loops together. Single track lovers should be sure to check out: Fir trail, Manzanita trail, Giant salamander trail, Resolution trail. And an evil, nasty faceplant waiting to happen, called "Nose Break" (this track is unmarked however it is leagal as of this writing 1/2/99) ask someone at the trailhead where this litte ass bite is located, if said person is bleeding, he probably knows. As for you fire road lovers you need to try: Timberview trail, (high speed and big woop de woops make for some geat fun in the air) Gordon mill trail is cool to- BUT - it leads directly to the bottom of Timberview, which unless you're Ned Overend, or like pain, and lactic acid build up, is better downhill. other good fireroads include, Tifoni trail, the first halves of Fir trail, Methuselah trail and El Corte Madera Trail. you can obtain a trail map at the trail head for no charge. Helmets are manditory and the speed limit is 15 mph. on weekends and nice days watch out for hikers, horses and park rangers

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 19, 2013]
MiFeR
Weekend Warrior

So this this summary comes from a very inexperienced rider. I've only been to China Camp, Arestradero, and some spot in the Oakland Hills. From what I know now, I guess those are considered beginner rides.

I've heard so much from my friends about this place and wanted to try it out. But my issue was that with all of those previous places, I used my hybrid Cannondale Quick CX3. Hey... it did the job, and I never had any issues. My friends warned me that my bike would not be able to hang at Skeggs. Once I had the opportunity to use my friends bike I was ready for the challenge.

When we got there, we started at the other entrance to the trial which was about .25 miles on the right going down Skyline.

The first part of the ride was going up the Sierra Morena trail which was a nice climb to start the ride. This killed me as I wasn't ready to just start going up a freekin hill. There was a good reason for taking this route though and will explain later.

Next we went on ECDM... I think this is where it got all crazy and had a crap load of downhills that seemed as if it went on forever! Oh man... and there were tons of places to jump off of these bumps, stumps, etc. This was the best time I've ever had!

But, that saying "what goes down, must go up" came into play, it was game over. My inexperience led me to walk a lot of the uphill. I tried my hardest but it didn't work. A part of it may have been because I was riding my friends bike which may have not fit me as best as possible.

That being said, I'd do it all over again. Having to walk up that hill was worth it, and just when you are finished back at Sierra Morena, you end the ride going down that first hill you climbed.

One word for this place... SICK

Sooner of later I'll be able to ride all the way up. I just hope it's sooner.

Oh the aerobic/technical/overall ratings below are based on my experience of the other riders that went along with me. They had no problem with the ride at all, and always had to wait for me.

Customer Service

Sierra Morena - ECDM - North Leaf - Methuselah - Upper Fir - Sierra Morena

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 31, 2013]
FriscoFairlane
Downhiller

Skeggs, I love you. I also hate you a little too. Your trails beautiful, cool, and shady. Your single track is exhilarating and challenging. At times, that exhilaration is actually outright fear (I know you are trying to kill me) but I guess I am cool with that. Your trails are often perfectly tacky, but covered with rocks, roots and ruts. Oh, can I take that hit? Yea, but my landing ramp is a bunch of huge roots and rocks. Oops! I should know better, I know I have to be careful with you.

And I can tell you want me to be in good shape, which is real thoughtful of you. Your climbs are everywhere, and it keeps me on my toes. But COME ON. Why do you make me climb out like that? I spent hours with you and you brutalize me with a mile long death march on my way home. What is your freaking problem, anyway?

Sorry, sorry, it's OK. I'll see you tomorrow. But I am bringing more pads.

Customer Service

Manzanita, Fir, Resolution, ECdM Creek, Sierra Morena, etc.

Similar Products Used:

Pretty sure Skeggs is the best on the Peninsula. Nothing this good till you get to Santa Cruz!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 29, 2011]
Tjay
Cross Country Rider

This trail is a lot of fun! You can do a 1 hour loop for the beginners or an all day epic ride. Just make sure to not climb up the FIR. lol You want to descend on that not climb it. It's very steep. Make sure to bring a map or a friend that is familiar with the trail. It can get overwhelming for the newer riders. No need to bring your Full Suspension bike. I ride this trail on my AM-HT with no problem.

single track
fire road
ruts
roots
rock garden
small drops

Customer Service

FIR, Manzanita, Resolution & Giant Salamander

Similar Products Used:

Saratoga Gap to Steven's Canyon and back to Table Mountain to S-Gap.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 21, 2009]
dpeschard
Cross Country Rider

Incredible EPIC altering mood ride that will leave a smile on your face just thinking about it. Highly recommend not to ride a hard tail & not to do it alone, if you could find yourself in jam! Most fun I've had in a long long time! Check out FIR & Resolution, maps available right there.

Customer Service

FIR, Manzanita and Resolution!

Similar Products Used:

Pacifica's Boyscout

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 21, 2009]
Quik564
Cross Country Rider

A video summary of a sweet all-season loop at ECdM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkCtXHPTG2A

Tons of options, you could make a short loop or an epic. Amazing!

Customer Service

CM02 - Sierra Morena - Blue Blossom - Crossover - Crosscut - Manzanita - Fir - Resolution - ECdM Creek - Sierra Morena - CM02.

Similar Products Used:

Demo Forest, Purisima Creek, Saratoga Gap, Waterdog, Wilder Ranch, Russian Ridge...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 28, 2009]
ubadog
Weekend Warrior

Skeggs can kick your ass ... sometimes down a steep hill.
So after barely climbing out of the reaches of hell ... a friend unwittingly bails off his bike and got real intimate with the hillside somewhere along Blue Blossom.

Lesson learned:
1. Don't go riding on days when weather exceed 100.
2. Don't try to beat the heat by going @ 7:30pm.
3. Don't try out new trails after 7:30pm.
4. Don't attempt to fly over obstacles on new trails @ 8:46pm.
5. If you're ever dumb enough to hop over things on a new trail @ 8:46pm on a day hot enough to boil a monkey's bum ... be sure to eat something other than a few oysters prepared by an unemployed chef.

Customer Service

Northern half: CM2-Sierra Morena-Fir-Resolution-ECdMC-North Leaf-Methuselah-Manzanita-Timberview-Methuselah-CM2

Similar Products Used:

Demo & wilder

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 11, 2009]
Fiendbear
Cross Country Rider

Hey what else can you say? Skeggs is great – probably the best all around MTB riding in the Bay Area. The trail map is deceiving though - this place is huge and it is easy to take wrong turns here, even for us locals. Lots of up and down, but beautiful, well-marked, shaded single-track and fire roads - roots, rocks, sharp drops, blind turns, fast rollers, brutal climbs, wicked downhills, creek crossings - Skeggs has it all.

I usually ride here on weekdays and some days I can grind for three hours and not see anyone. Weekends of course bring out more people, but that's the norm on most Bay Area trails. This place is so big though, that it never feels crowded. Trails can get very muddy after winter rains - not the best place to go for a mid winter ride, unless it hasn't rained for several weeks (a good time to dust off the road bike).

Definitely not a place for inexperienced riders - Skeggs can be harsh for the uninitiated. Newbies should look elsewhere. You need to be in great shape to really enjoy riding here (unless you stick to the trails near Skyline Blvd). Mostly intermediate to advanced, some technical trails, but lots and lots of climbing to reclaim all that awesome downhill. Skeggs is part of MROSD, so beware of radar especially on weekends. Be sure to slow down for the few hikers.

You can spend an hour or all day here, depending on your abilities (kudos to anyone who can crank here all day). However, riding one mile here is equivalent to riding two miles at a lot of other parks. It can also be a full 10 degrees cooler here than riding the South Skyline region between Page Mill Rd & Hwy 9. However, it’s that cool summer fog that is responsible for all the beautiful redwood trees.

Full sus or hard tail – that’s a tough call here. All the climbing favors a hard tail, but some of the rougher descents favor full sus – really boils down to a personal preference for the day. Anything will work here though, it's just all so good!

Customer Service

One of many routes, but a good two hour ride: CM02 - Sierra Morena - Fir - Resolution - El Corte Madera - North Leaf - Methuselah - Manzanita - Timberview - Crosscut - Crossover – Gordon Mill - CM02. Mix and match to create endless loops. Giant Salamander and ECDM trails are open again.

Similar Products Used:

Upper Stevens Creek, Monte Bello, Russian Ridge, Skyline Ridge, Long Ridge, Gap

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 20, 2009]
rblatner
Cross Country Rider

Skeggs is great - probably the best all around MTB riding in the Bay Area. The trail map is deceiving though - this place is huge and it is easy to take wrong turns here, even for us locals. Lots of up and down, but beautiful, well-maintained, shaded trails and fire roads - roots, rocks, sharp drops, blind turns, brutal climbs, wicked downhills, creek crossings - Skeggs has it all.

I usually ride here on weekdays and some days I can grind for three hours and not see anyone. Weekends of course bring out more people, but that's the norm in most Bay Area preserves. This place is so big though, that it never feels crowded. Trails can get very muddy during the winter - not the best place to go for a mid winter ride, unless it hasn't rained for a few weeks.

Definitely not a place for inexperienced riders - Skeggs can be harsh for the uninitiated. I have talked to more than one rider swear off this place. You need to be in great shape to enjoy riding here. Mostly intermediate to advanced MTB riding, some technical trails, but lots and lots of climbing to reclaim all that awesome downhill. Weekend road bikers contemplating a ride here - be warned that this is not like cranking up Old La Honda Road - better to warm up in some of the other preserves first.

You can spend an hour or all day here, depending on your abilities (kudos to anyone who can crank here all day). However, riding one mile here is equivalent to riding two miles in most other parks. Full sus, hard tail, long travel - anything will work here, it's just all so good!

Customer Service

CM02 - Sierra Morena - Fir - Resolution - El Corte Madera - North Leaf - Methuselah - Manzanita - Timberview - Crosscut - Timberview - Methuselah - CM02

Similar Products Used:

Upper Stevens Creek, Monte Bello, Russian Ridge, Skyline Ridge, Long Ridge

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 14, 2009]
AntonioC
Cross Country Rider

(First time riding this today)
Not what I would call rolling trails. But a beautiful trail system, some really excellent single-but-really-double-track trails, decently technical rocky downhills, but a LOT OF CLIMBING. More than I care for being an intermediate XC rider that prefers rollers.
Trailheads are off of Skyline which rides the ridgeline. So the park runs down the side of the mountain. It seems that it's mostly downhill into the park, uphill all the way back. This park used to be a dirtbike park back in the day, so they had a motor to get back up the hill.

Customer Service

Parked @ Skeggs (CM01 on map).
Pedaling @ 1:45pm. Tafoni to Fir trail, right into Resolution for single/double track downhill technical fun. Rocky sandstone parts, forested d/h parts, beautiful & fun. Left on El Corte Madera Creek, rode till end, 45 min ride time so far.
North Leaf doubletrack to Methuselah. IIRC, North Leaf was rolling hills, and Methuselah had some grinding u/h, but both had lots of beautiful/deep canopy that reminded me of Enchanted @ Wilder, just more tiring. Methuselah to Giant Salamander, (met up with 2 park workers coming out of Salamander that said "You two are going to be the first to ride this trail since we closed it 2 years ago!". Score! We rode it uphill, the new bridges were very nice, the trail was smooth and fresh. But lots of tiring uphill sections.
Then Timberview fireroad uphill to Manzanita, which was uphill doubletrack grind with some decently technical rocky parts, but still fun and cool looking terrrain.
Then Fir u/h along the ridge back to the parking lot at about 4:45. Tired and done.

Similar Products Used:

Wilder Ranch, Pogonip, Saratoga Gap

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 20, 2008]
hachaduryan
Weekend Warrior

Skeggs is huge! There are many trails and you can find pretty much a trail for everyone. There are fire roads that are not too technical, and then there are some serious trails that can be a bit too much for my hardtail. I would recommend this area to anyone!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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