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Tan Oak Trail

Easy/Intermediate
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Trail traversing the redwood forest on the steep northern slopes of Mt. Madonna.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

1,863' 568 m

High

1,729' 527 m

Low

150' 46 m

Up

18' 5 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Description

The Tan Oak Trail start is found at a marked trail junction with Blue Springs Trail, very near the end of Blue Springs Trail. Head north off of Blue Springs Trail to hike Tan Oak Trail.

Tan Oak Trail immediately enters the mixed redwood forest, and climbing gradually, stays in the forest for its entire length. A couple of very short, side, access trails are passed almost immediately to the right/east - Meadow Trail Cut-Off and Tan Oak Campground Access Trail. At the 0.3 mile mark, Tan Oak Trail veers right/east and begins traversing the steep northern slopes of Mt. Madonna. The forested hillside drops off to the left/north and rises to the right/south. The trail runs along this hillside for the rest of its route, another 0.8 miles. At the 0.8 mile mark, Tan Oak Access Trail that leads to a large picnic area, is passed on the right.

Tan Oak Trail ends after 1.1 miles at an unmarked trail junction with Lower Miller Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Dense mixed redwood forest.

Contacts

Shared By:

Haroon Muhammad with improvements by Joan Pendleton

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A rare small grassy meadow near the end of Blue Springs Trail.
Jan 18, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Bright green moss coats trees, and beautiful ferns abound, in the mixed redwood forest along Tan Oak Trail.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Pretty, mixed redwood forest along Tan Oak Trail in Mt. Madonna County Park, on a sunny January day.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Meadow Trail emerges from the forest into the meadow at the end of Meadow Trail.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Old stairs down to the ruins of land and cattle baron Henry Miller's vacation home in the forest high on Mt. Madonna.
Feb 19, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Sunlight filters through the redwoods along Tan Oak Trail in the hilly, dense mixed redwood forest.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA

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Jan 25, 2021
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