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Mount Madonna County Park

California, United States

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Meadow Trail Loop at Mount Madonna
Scenic, easy hike is a great choice for campers and families at the Santa Clara County park.
Easy
3.1 mi/
5.0 km
Mt. Madonna Loop
9.3 mile loop trail in Mt. Madonna County Park
Difficult
9.3 mi/
15.0 km
Sprig Trail and Merry-Go-Round Loop
Hike past redwoods and the ruins of a land baron's mansion at this park south of San Jose
Difficult
9.8 mi/
15.8 km
Guides
Mt. Madonna Loop
Mt. Madonna Loop
Mt. Madonna County Park, California, United States
Difficult: 9.3 miles, Full day
9.3 mile loop trail in Mt. Madonna County Park
Sprig Trail and Merry-Go-Round Loop
Sprig Trail and Merry-Go-Round Loop
Mount Madonna County Park, California, United States
Difficult: 9.8 miles, Full day
Hike past redwoods and the ruins of a land baron's mansion at this park south of San Jose
Meadow Trail Loop at Mount Madonna
Meadow Trail Loop at Mount Madonna
Mount Madonna County Park, California, United States
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Scenic, easy hike is a great choice for campers and families at the Santa Clara County park.
Community Trips
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Bay Area Ridge Trail - Mount Madonna County Park
by Vaudesir on Jun 28, 2009
Interlaken, California, United States
8.7 miles
Where to hike on a 90+ degrees day? We've heard from several sources that Mount Madonna was a great hiking destination when the temperature was high, and Antony (Bullit) wanted to go after the foxglove flower that Sam (Sammydee) had noticed the day before. Plus Antony noticed that Mount Madonna County Park offered a Bay Area Ridge Trail section. Long story short: Antony, Joe (CC) and I were ready to hit the...
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Verdant Madonna
by Brighto on Jan 23, 2010
Strongs Mobile Village, California, United States
3.4 miles
big slidewhow javascript:nicTemp();This was supposed to be at least a five mile hike winding through the heart of the park, but due to exigent circumstances I had to cut it short.   I’ve been to Mt. Madonna park many times, but most of the time I hiked from Mt. Madonna road along the Loop trail (what an imaginative name) for a mile and then back with my dogs, so I really don’t know the park very well.   I started in...
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Mount Madonna 9.6 mile hike
by jomebrew on Jun 28, 2009
Gilroy, California, United States
9.2 miles
Hiking in 100 degree heat with Bullit and Vaudesir.Started at Sprig Recreation parking area off Highway 152.  Took Merry Go Round tail.  Extreme heat and relentlessly hard grade made me reconsider hiking as a recreation.  Cheered on by Bullit and Vaudesir, we eventually made it to the rest area near Old Mine Trail.  You might want to explore a little.  I wanted to take nap!  We continued on Merry Go Round to...
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Mt Madonna Merry-go-round/Sprig trail
by pcmasten on May 19, 2010
Gilroy, California, United States
9.8 miles
Mt. Madonna - Merry-go-round to Sprig trail - 9.8 miles / 2000ft elevation changeWe started off at the Sprig Lake parking lot. This lot is free and does have a port-a-potty. There are maps at the trail head. We decided to start up the Merry-go-round trail since we wanted to get the elevation done with while it was cool. After about a mile of shade, the trail is out in the open...
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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Mt. Madonna Loop
by antonyw on Jun 28, 2009
Interlaken, California, United States
9.3 miles
We attempted to beat the SJ valley heat by hiking a section of the BART in Mt. Madonna today.  The hike started at 98F at 500 feet and didn't really let up until about 1700 feet and four miles.  Unfortunately Madonna's natural AC didn't turn on until near the end of the BART section so it became a tough little hike with lots of rest stops and a lot of water consumed....
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Mount Madonna Family Hike
by Vaudesir on May 31, 2010
Interlaken, California, United States
3.1 miles
A nice hike in the redwoods with the kids and a friend of theirs.On a hot day in the Valley, the area around Mount Madonna summit is very nice to hike in. It's usually cooler due to the marine layer and it's not crowded.We did a nice, easy little loop with very limited elevation change (about 500 feet) and the kids had lots of fun.
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Mt Madonna
by BradRLewis on Jul 19, 2009
Interlaken, California, United States
7.5 miles
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Sprig Lake Right Trail
by oakraidr on Jun 21, 2010
Interlaken, California, United States
3.0 miles
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Mt. Madonna Sprig Lake/Merry Go Round
by markvanwyk on Sep 01, 2012
Gilroy, California, United States
7.7 miles
I started on the Sprig Recreation Center off Hwy.152 (free parking) and did a clockwise 7.1 mile loop following the steep Sprig Trail to the Visitor Center (about 3 miles/2000 foot elevation gain).  The visitor center has bathrooms, waterr, and rangers/volunteers to give guidance with the slightly confusing trail layout.  There are some exotic deer in a fenced pen -- offspring of the original gifts to Henry Miller from Randolph Hurst.  I then walked...
Sprig Lake Hike with Dad
by james.harper.us on Jan 03, 2010
Interlaken, California, United States
1.4 miles

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