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Blue Springs/Black Hawk Trails – Healthy Trails (Moderate)





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Wildlife Sightings

by iNaturalist


Length: 6.13 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Day Trip
Created by 1buglady

I am a naturalist at Sulphur Creek Nature Center and I am crazy about arthropods and teach a variety of classes at the nature center and outreach programs from K-6th grade classes. My goal is to have families and students learn to appreciate the small wonders of the world through hands on programs in classroom, campfires, family campouts and day programs at the park. I am a past 4-Her, 4-H entomology leader, volunteer. I have been apart of Sulphur Creek Nature Center off and on my hole life and have been working as the Buglady for 11 years. I would greatly appreciate to be able to add events to your calendar, so I maybe able to touch more lives.

  • Bay Area Ridge Trail


This trip is designated as a "Healthy Trail" by the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Trail Info & Highlights
• Restrooms, water fountain, barbecue pits, reserved group areas, first-come picnic sites, horse trailer parking near trailhead.
• Dirt trails with 70% shade cover and spectacular views.
• Some single-track with short, steep inclines and declines on loose soil.
• Travel through diverse habitats.
Trail Directions
• From parking area, pass entrance road to Youth Camp Areas; go over bumper logs to Blue Springs Trail.
• Turn left on Blue Springs Trail and follow 0.5 miles to Pole Line Rd; cross road to other side (caution, watch for traffic).
• Continue 0.1 miles to Upper Miller Trail Junction; follow Upper Miller Trail (left) for 0.25 miles, past Hilltop Group Area and onto paved road to Miller Site.
• Stay to left of Miller Site and onto Lower Miller Trail for short distance to Tan Oak Trail junction.
• Turn right on Lower Miller Trail, proceed 0.4 miles.
• Turn left onto Loop trail for 0.5 miles towards Merry-Go-Round Trail junction.
• Turn right onto Merry-Go-Round Trail, proceed 0.5 miles.
• Turn right onto Tie Camp Trail, proceed 1.1 miles.
• Pass gate, turn right onto Ridge Trail for 0.5 miles to Contour Trail junction.
• Follow Contour Trail 0.3 miles to Blackhawk Trail.
• Stay right onto Blackhawk Trail, follow 0.5 miles, pass gate.
• Turn right onto Blue Springs Trail, follow 0.5 miles, turn left and cross Pole Line Rd. (caution, watch for traffic).
• Continue on Blue Springs Trail 0.6 miles back to parking lot.
Mt. Madonna County Park
• One of the County’s most majestic parks, dominated by redwood forest characteristic of Santa Cruz Mountain Range.
• Offers views of south Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey Counties and Pacific Ocean.
• Popular attractions include camping, extensive hiking and equestrian trails, archery, historic Miller ruins.
• Park is higher in elevation, so usually cooler than valley areas; fog can be spectacular coming over ridges; dress in layers as temperatures vary.
Photos by Ronald Horii.



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