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Explore the southernmost segment of the Ridge Trail and take in the redwood forest air.


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Map Key

3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

Point to Point

1,649' 503 m

High

493' 150 m

Low

1,329' 405 m

Up

236' 72 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Description

On an uphill trip from the Sprig Recreation Area trailhead to Mount Madonna Road, you take in excellent views of southern Santa Clara County and the Inner Coast Range. The wide service road skirts an intermittent creek, crosses boulder-strewn grasslands, swings through chaparral and scrub-oak forest, and finishes in a cool, steep-sided redwood canyon. This is the southernmost segment of the Ridge Trail.

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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Bay Area Ridge Trail Staff

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Surrounding forested hills and meadows to the north, high on Merry-Go-Round Trail.
Dec 31, 2020 near Interlaken, CA
Lush and dense redwood forest on the steep hillsides of the Santa Cruz Mountains that Loop Trail travels through.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
High on Merry-Go-Round Trail, looking east.
Dec 31, 2020 near Interlaken, CA
Distant mountains seen through the brush and trees when climbing on Merry-Go-Round Trail.
Dec 31, 2020 near Interlaken, CA
Loop Trail winds through the tall, stately redwoods on a steep hillside in the dense mixed redwood forest.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
A few light trunked eucalyptus trees sprinkled among the redwoods on the steep, densely forested hillside that Loop Trail traverses in Mt. Madonna County Park.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA

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