Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
The Methuselah Trail, starts from the CM02 gate parking area, just across Skyline Blvd from the ancient redwood that gives this trail its name. The trail is a former logging road that is cut through sandstone embankments. In some places it undercuts the trees above, leaving roots exposed overhead. After a short downhill section, Methuselah forms a junction with Timberview Trail
at a place often carpeted (in the winter!) with wintering ladybugs.
Climb a moderate grade to the highpoint of this trail where it crosses the Manzanita Trail
. Continue straight west on Methuselah for a long downhill through second growth redwoods and a sunny, clear area with vistas of neighboring canyons and ridges. Approaching the El Corte de Madera Creek you encounter other trails branching off and a significantly steeper section of narrow trail.
Start the mostly mellow climb from the creek in a ferny wonderland. The trail ends with the CM08 gate at Star Hill Road. If traveled in the opposite (west to east) direction, the Methuselah Trail is one of the more gentle ways to climb up out of the canyon and thereby cross the preserve. Note: bikes are allowed on this trail.