Work is wrapping up at El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve on a new section of the Oljon Trail that will connect to Springboard Trail. This new 1.3-mile multi-use segment through mixed redwood and tanoak forest creates a new perimeter trail that reduces the need for preserve visitors to access Highway 35 during their visit. As part of this project, crews will permanently remove the portion of the Steam Donkey trail that connects to Highway 35. Approximately 0.6 miles of steep and poorly drained trail will be removed, including two culvert crossings across intermittent streams, and the area restored to natural habitat. The new trail segment is anticipated to open later this summer.
The project is the the final element of the El Corte de Madera Creek Watershed Protection Plan, designed to reduce sediment delivery to the watershed, and enhance the trail experience for preserve visitors.
As part of the project, Midpen staff:
- Constructed 6,050 linear feet of new trail;
- Converted 800 linear feet of road to trail;
- Restored 500 linear feet of old tractor roads
- Installed two new bridges