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Merry-Go-Round Loop

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Trail

4.1 mile 6.6 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 826' 252 m
Descent: -826' -252 m
High: 1,272' 388 m
Low: 478' 146 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Matthew St

A short but pleasant loop leading hikers into a thick forest of redwoods, seasonal creeks, and hardwoods.

Matthew St

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Wide trail but lots to see along the way.

Overview

This route makes for a great four-mile loop in Mount Madonna Park, allowing hikers to take in some of the highlights of the park.

Description

From the Sprig Lake entrance trailhead, go through the horse trailer parking area to get to the start of the trail. Stay to the right at the split to start your hike on the Merry-Go-Round Trail for a total of 1.5 miles of a steady and sometimes steep climb. The going will be well-worthwhile as you'll be shaded by towering trees.

Turn left on Tie Camp Trail and go 1.1 miles. This part of the trail goes through a really beautiful section of redwoods. Take in the shade and the beautiful views. Finally, turn left on the Ridge Trail and go 0.6 of a mile.

This trail is a fairly nondescript descent and is more of a connector than a destination trail. This will join the Merry-Go-Round Trail where you go 0.2 miles to get back to the trailhead.

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Oct 20, 2019
Justin C
Apr 21, 2018
Justin C
Mar 17, 2018
Felicia Miller
First solo hike! I got rained and hailed on but I saw like 10 salemanders, 2 deer, and some birds! 4.1mi
Jan 21, 2018
Tami Demayo
4.1mi
Jan 1, 2018
Caesar Garcia

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Photos

Tie Camp Trail through the redwoods.
Sep 18, 2016 near Interlaken, CA
Top of the ridge on Merry-Go-Round Trail.
Sep 18, 2016 near Interlaken, CA
On the way up Merry-Go-Round Trail.
Sep 18, 2016 near Gilroy, CA
Sign at the entrance of the trailhead off of Highway 152.
Sep 18, 2016 near Gilroy, CA

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