Return to Resolution

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Returning to the site of the DC6 crash, “Resolution”, is always a bit of a solemn experience. The remnants of the aircraft still remain right next to the trail, and other hikers have collected small pieces of the aircraft on a rock and left them there. On January 12, 2012, I returned along “Resolution Trail” found in the El Corte Madera Open Space Preserve. I couldn’t help but pause for a few minutes to think of all those aviators that went before us, and path to safety they created in blood.

The rest of the trail run was split into two parts – some yesterday, and some today. Disappointingly, I forgot to turn the GPS on for today’s run, so I only have the trail marks from yesterday’s run/hike with my girl. The elevation change was brutal.

This particular route had over 8,000′ of elevation change, but the scenery is well worth the effort. Although several trails were washed out for horses, all trails are easily passable on foot (and a couple would be a challenge on a bicycle).

Our routes over the two days included Methusela, Tafoni, Fir, El Corte De Madera, North Leaf, South Leaf, Resolution, Virginia Mill, Gordon Mill, Timberview, and Giant Salamander trails. All were in excellent shape.

The difficulty of the routes, however, is not for the faint of heart. On a mountain bike it might not be bad, but the elevation starts at 2,000 feet at Skyline Blvd (although the highest point is at 2,200′), and drops to 750′ near the bottom. Here are details to the trail head from bay area hiker:

Getting there:
From CA 92 in San Mateo County, turn south onto Skyline Boulevard (CA 35). Drive about 8.5 miles (about 0.25 mile past Skeggs Point), and park in the pullout in front of the CM02 gate, on the right side of the road.

Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
http://www.transitandtrails.org/trailheads/422

GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
Latitude 37°24’21.50″N
Longitude 122°18’15.70″W
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)

Trailhead details:
Parking for about 6 cars. No toilet facilities or drinking water. Maps available at the information signboard. No entrance or parking fees. There is no direct public transportation to the trailhead.

Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, pay phone, store, and restaurant about 3.5 miles south at the junction of 84 & 35. No camping.

Rules:
All trails but the short path to the tafoni are multi-use. Dogs are not permitted.

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