4E03 - Corte Madera Road

Pine Valley, California (SanDiego County)

Last Updated: 09/17/2021
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.13 miles
Highest Elevation: 3100 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Pine Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Pine Valley
Official Road Name: 4E03
Management Agency: Cleveland National Forest
District: Descanso Ranger District


Highlight: 4E03 - Corte Madera Road
Corte Madera Road is a connector trail between Espinosa Trail and Skye Valley Road that forms a 18-mile loop through Cleveland National Forest. To the north and west of the road is Pine Creek Wilderness, which is closed to motor vehicles. The highlights of this short road are the magnificent views of the southern California and Mexico wilderness and the numerous granite boulders that dot the landscape to the east. Along with this road, the 18-mile loop consists of the following additional roads and trails: 16S17 - Los Pinos Road 17S04 - Corral Canyon Road 17S06 - Skye Valley Road 4E03 - Espinosa Trail

Route Information

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead commences where Espinosa Trail ends. Proceed through the gate (west) onto Corte Madera Road. There is a dirt road heading north but it is posted as private property.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Pine Valley

Exit I-8 at Buckman Springs Road (east of Pine Valley). Proceed south on Buckman Springs Road for 3.2 miles. Then turn west on Corral Canyon Road following the sign for Corral Canyon OHV Area. Remain on this road for 5.6 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead and staging area. Turn right (north) on Los Pinos Road and follow the directions noted on this site for 4.7 miles to Espinosa Trail. Turn left (west) and proceed on Espinosa Trail for 3.1 miles per the directions on this site as well.



Land Use Issues

There are no access issues although you will need a National Forest Adventure Pass if you stop along any part of the trail and leave your vehicle unattended. A yearly pass is $30 or a daily pass is $5 and available at any local sporting goods store (see link below for participating stores). There are no passes at Corral Canyon's OHV Area, so please plan ahead.

Trail Reviews (2)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: If doing the loop, where is the best place to start?
–Ethan Harris (05/06/2020)
–Marc Nitz (05/07/2020)

Writer Information

Marc Nitz

Mapping Crew - California

Marc Nitz is a southern California native who loves exploring the outdoors. This is in large part due to his parents' love of summer road trips. Each summer the Nitz clan would venture out for at least one week driving and camping to assorted U.S. destinations west of the Rocky Mountains. Marc bought his first 4x4 at 17 years old and began seeking out more places off the beaten path. Now 30 years later, Marc explores the countryside with a family of his own. Some of Marc's favorite trails include California's Titus Canyon Road and the Pleasant Canyon Loop Trail, Colorado's Alpine Loop, and Utah's White Rim Trail. Most of all, Marc enjoys meeting fellow off-roaders and he is affiliated with a few 4X4 clubs in Southern California that has allowed him to do just that.
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