Corte Madera Mountain – March 10, 2013

This hike is, so far, my favorite in San Diego County. Some had to do with the perfect day, great company and pace but also the scenery with gorgeous Manzanitas, boulders and, of course, the views of Corte Madera itself.

Our adventure started with simply getting to the start of the hike. For future reference the right turn road off of Buckman Springs Rd is called Corral Canyon Trail (not Corral Canyon Road nor Morena Stokes Valley Rd and is marked PVT, presumably meaning it’s private) and it is 3.2 miles from I-15. Corral Canyon Trail starts off as a wide dirt road rather than a narrow paved road which also threw us off. It does turn into the narrow paved road mentioned in references but not until after the first mile or so. The small parking area is on Corral Canyon Trail at the intersection with gated Kernan Rd.

Bob, Dom and I started out along the 1/2 mile stretch on Kernan Rd to the Espinosa Trail. The trail itself is 3 miles to the 4657′ peak including a .4 mile section of Los Pinos Rd for a total hike distance of 7 miles. The trail has a few short sections of steep, rocky terrain where Bob chose to turn back to Los Pinos Rd to wait while Dom and I hiked to the peak.

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Beautiful Corte Madera Mountain

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Dom at Corte Madera Peak

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Beth at Corte Madera Peak

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Huge Manzanita

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