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Merry-Go-Round to Sprig Trail Loop

Intermediate
 4.6 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Redwood forest, oak trees, Henry Miller's Estate, and white fallow deer are all covered in this beautiful 9 mile loop.


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8.8

Miles

14.2

KM

Loop

1,890' 576 m

High

496' 151 m

Low

1,676' 511 m

Up

1,678' 512 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Wildlife

The entrance to the park is located at the summit of Highway 152 at Pole Line Road. The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset.

Overview

The highlight of this hike is the variety of the landscape, which varies from redwood forest to oak woodland, and dense chaparral to grassy meadows. This hike goes through Miller Estate, which has a captive herd of white fallow deer, a species that is not native to this region.

Description

This route, the Merry-Go-Round Trail to Sprig Trail via part of Tan Oak Trail, is a 9.0 mile, moderately trafficked loop located near Gilroy, California. The land, which is now part of a county park, once belonged to Henry Miller, a person who is considered to be one of the founders of Gilroy. Santa Clara County Parks acquired part of the area in 1927, and acquired the remainder of the estate in 1953.

This Featured Hike is rated moderate and offers plenty of beautiful views. The route includes redwood forest, chaparral, scrub-oak forests, and the ruins of Henry Miller's mansion. There are also plenty of wildflowers along the trail. Another section of this route passes a pen of captive White Fallow Deer. These deer are the descendants of a pair given to the Miller family in 1932.

The initial 0.75 miles is a little steep, but most of the trail is of moderate difficulty level. This park is also a big horse riding area which means some sections of the trails are very wide. Most of the trail is under shade and provide beautiful views. Sprig Trail passes all three of the park's major campgrounds, and makes a scenic ascent (or descent) through one of the prettiest stands of redwoods in the park. The last link is the popular Merry-Go-Round Trail connecting to the Sprig Lake Recreation Area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Haroon Muhammad with improvements by Brian Huber

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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Photos

Dave and Su on Sprig Trail.
Nov 20, 2018 near Interlaken, CA
Hiking the Sprig Trail
Nov 20, 2018 near Interlaken, CA
Taylor and his amazing jacket.
Nov 20, 2018 near Interlaken, CA
Ruins of Henry Miller's home
Nov 21, 2018 near Interlaken, CA
Amphitheater
Nov 21, 2018 near Interlaken, CA
Top of the ridge on Merry-Go-Round Trail.
Sep 18, 2016 near Interlaken, CA

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May 16, 2020
Erica Y
great! Want to come back again. Not too many people but shady. 7.7mi — 2h 50m
Mar 1, 2020
Dan Hicks
9.1mi — 3h 50m
Dec 18, 2018
Ryan Guy
10.4mi
Nov 18, 2018
Haroon Muhammad
9mi