With stunning natural beauty all around and mild weather throughout the year, the Corte Madera community exemplifies the outdoor lifestyle so popular in Northern California. With both off-road trails and bike paths for getting around town, many residents and visitors to Corte Madera choose to hike and bike all over the area. Featuring safe paths and trails of all levels of difficulty, Corte Madera is a great place to see the area while working up a sweat. Whether you’re an avid road or mountain biker or are just now trying it out, there is a trail in Marin County and Corte Madera for you.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition has been working to improve Marin County’s roads and pathways for cyclists since 1998. You can see the impact of the coalition’s advocacy in each of the county’s towns, from bike parking facilities, a bike route system and miles of bike lanes to share-the-road road stencils and multiple repairs of roads and multi-use pathways. The group’s most recent success has come in its Off-Road Program, which includes the new 680 Trail that links two of Marin County’s open space preserves and improved trail access on GGNRA and State Park land.
The Corte Madera Marshes
Much of the land that makes up the towns of Corte Madera and Larkspur used to be marshes. While much of that land has been developed, some marsh lands remain along the San Francisco Bay as a State Ecological Reserve. If you’re interested in exploring the way the land used to look in Corte Madera before being developed, biking through the area is a must, since viewing it from your car while driving down the Highway 101 does not do it justice. When you explore the area on your bike, the view will surprise you, as will the variety of birds and dirt paths available. To bike to this destination, start on the bike path behind Redwood High School. To see the other bike paths throughout the city, click here.
Another great way to bike off road in the area is the Paradise Loop. This loop can be combined with other paths to make it longer, or you can bail out of it early for a shorter ride. When done in its entirety, Paradise Loop is close to 20 miles long. The scenic ride is perfect for a great workout or for traveling to a ferry to San Francisco. Mostly flat with some rolling hills, the trail is a great ride to do alone or with children. The path starts on Redwood Avenue, where it meets Corte Madera Avenue.
Larkspur and Corte Madera Creek Paths
From the banks of the Corte Madera Creek to the undergrowth of the Alto Tunnel, the Larkspur-Corte Madera trails are a beautiful way to see the best of the area. When you bike along this network of trails, you have the chance to explore stunning scenery, which includes a section by the estuary of Corte Madera Creek and the Ross and Bay Trail to San Quentin. Running two miles east to west, from the bayside to the creekside, the Corte Madera Creek Path is a favorite. It’s an easy ride that takes you through downtown Larkspur, where you can find somewhere to take a break or grab something to eat. The trail begins off of Montecito Drive in Corte Madera. For a full map and biking directions, click here.