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Tafoni Trail (Lower)

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One way

1.1 miles

1.7 km

Difficulty

Intermediate

Elevation gain

21 ft

6 m

Highest point

2,297 ft

700 m

Avg grade

6% (3°)

Elevation loss

-311 ft

-95 m

Max grade

15% (8°)

Elevation loss

-311 ft

-95 m

Avg grade

6% (3°)

Lowest point

2,007 ft

612 m


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El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve, CA

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Shared by Megan W

Features

No Dogs  ·  Fall Colors  ·  Wildlife

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Overview

The Tafoni Trail (Lower) starts in a wide clearing where the Tafoni Trail (Upper) and Fir Trail (Upper) form a junction.

Start off with a short downhill and keep an eye out for the right-hand (short out-and-back) detour off Tafoni Trail. Take this footpath to see the ancient sandstone formations. This grouping of large sandstone boulders is rare and fragile, having slowly eroded over the years. An observation deck was built to give a better view and to help protect the formations. Retrace your steps back to the main Tafoni Trail and head right (northeast).

From here it's a lot of downhill, which can be tricky in the fall/winter time after it rains. The trail here is shadowed by oaks and firs. The trail ends at the junction of El Corte de Madera Creek Trail.
The Tafoni Trail (Lower) starts in a wide clearing where the Tafoni Trail (Upper) and Fir Trail (Upper) form a junction.

Start off with a short downhill and keep an eye out for the right-hand (short out-and-back) detour off Tafoni Trail. Take this footpath to see the ancient sandstone formations. This grouping of large sandstone boulders is rare and fragile, having slowly eroded over the years. An observation deck was built to give a better view and to help protect the formations. Retrace your steps back to the main Tafoni Trail and head right (northeast).

From here it's a lot of downhill, which can be tricky in the fall/winter time after it rains. The trail here is shadowed by oaks and firs. The trail ends at the junction of El Corte de Madera Creek Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas fir, redwoods, black squirrels.
Shared by Megan W

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3 from 1 hiker

Intermediate

Difficulty average from 1 hiker
1-2 of 2 reviews

Jul 22, 2018
Conditions: Dry

Aug 20, 2016
Conditions: Dry, Fallen Trees - Lower Tafoni blocked by fallen trees

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