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Blue Springs/Meadow Trails – Healthy Trail (Easy)

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Length: 1.17 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Halfday

Park: 37.00882681 -121.69956197 park Mount Madonna County Park

  • Trail Hiking


This trip is designated as a "Healthy Trail" by the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Trail Info & Highlights

• Dirt parking lot with water fountain, restroom, barbecue pits, first-come picnic sites and reserved group areas; equestrian staging at trailhead.
• Non-paved dirt surface with few inclines and declines; 90% shade cover.
• Diverse habitats from mixed oak to coast hardwood and redwood forests.
• Abundant wildlife including California quail, raptors, wild turkeys, turkey vultures, black-tailed deer, coyotes and golden eagles.
• Winter flooding may occur between Meadow and Blue Springs Trails.
Trail Directions
• From parking area, pass entrance road to Youth Camp Areas, then go over bumper logs to Blue Springs Trail.
• Turn right onto Blue Springs Trail and follow to Pole Line Rd.
• Carefully cross road and continue on other side 0.1 miles.
• Turn right on Meadow Trail; re-cross Pole Line Rd. after passing West Deer Pen Youth Camping Area and continue on Meadow Trail (parallel to road).
• Before Manzanita Group Camp, turn right on Meadow Trail, follow downhill back to Blue Springs Trail.
• Stay right at trail junction and continue on Blue Springs Trail 0.5 miles back to parking area.
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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