El Corte Madera OSP: Resolution Trail and Plane Crashes

Hike: Resolution Trail, Plane Crash and Vista Point
Where: El Corte Madera Open Space Preserve
Trailhead: Star Hill Road
Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Length: 4.7 miles
Gear: Icebreaker Women’s Tech T Lite T-ShirtArc’teryx Delta LT, Lululemon leggings, REI Flash 18 Pack
 and Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boot
Cost of Parking: Free

Had a rare day off several weeks ago with no real plans, so I called up my friend, Karl of Alpha Roaming, to see what kind of mischief he was stirring up for the day. We decided to go chase some plane crashes near El Corte Madera Open Space Preserve.

The first and more interesting plane we stopped by, well, is sort of a secret to preserve the sanctity of the crash. This plane found its final resting site nestled among dense redwoods. Story goes that the pilot was coming in too close and abandoned plane before it crashed here. However, not much is known about this wreckage.

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The second crash site lies within El Corte Madera Open Space Preserve off of the Resolution Trail. It’s pretty easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Most of the debris has been picked over, and supposedly, a lot more of it lies down the steep hill. We started at Star Hill Road, headed down the El Corte Madera Creek Trail to the Resolution Trail and up to the Vista Point. Near the Vista Point, a memorial plaque is dedicated to the 19 people who perished in the Resolution plane crash on Kings Mountain. More information can be found about the crash here.

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For more information on the above two crash sites, please visit Karl’s blog post here.