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Mt. Madonna County Park

Published on: 2/10/2016 2:08 PM
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Park Info

Plan Your Trip to Mt. Madonna

Closures

  • Blackhawk Canyon Trail
    Blackhawk Canyon Trail is currently closed. The trail work planned for 2016 is a continuation of the road to trail conversion implemented on the Blackhawk Canyon Trail in 2015. Anticipated opening of the Blackhawk Canyon Trail is September 2016.

Hours of Operation

Open year round
8:00 AM – Sunset

Activities

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Weather

Contact Info

Mt. Madonna
7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076

(408) 842-2341
parkinfo@prk.sccgov.org

Senior Park Ranger :
John Heenan (408) 335-3293
john.heenan@prk.sccgov.org
 
Senior Park Maintenance Worker : William Howsman (408) 479-0192
william.howsmon@prk.sccgov.org

Mt Madonna County Park Use Plan

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF TRAIL CLOSURE
2/10/16

County Park staff will repair and improve several trails in Mount Madonna County Park during the months of April - October 2016.  This work will improve trail conditions and reduce delivery of sediment to steelhead habitat downstream.  Funding for the trail improvements include a grant from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and from County Parks’ Park Charter Fund.


The affected trails include:

Contour Trail between Blackhawk and Ridge Trails
Sprig Trail from Pole Line Road to Valley View Campground
Iron Springs Trail between Blackhawk to Ridge Trails
Rock Springs Trail from amphitheater to Iron Springs Trail
Redwood Trail between Blue Springs to Iron Springs Trails
Blue Springs Trail between Blackhawk and Rock Springs Trails

These trails are shown highlighted in yellow on the map below.

Heavy equipment will be used for the trail improvements.  These trails (include link to map below) will be closed to all public use during and for several weeks after repair work to provide for the safety of park visitors and prevent damage to the trails. 

The trail work planned for 2016 is a continuation of the road to trail conversion implemented on the Blackhawk Canyon Trail in 2015. Anticipated opening of the Blackhawk Canyon Trail is September 2016.

Map showing planned trail closures with yellow highlighting
Map showing planned trail closures with yellow highlighting


Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please contact the ranger station at Mount Madonna County Park at (408) 842-2341.

horseback trail rideMt. Madonna Stables offers horseback trail rides, it is a wonderful way to explore the beauty of this park.

Welcome to Mt. Madonna County Park, one of the most majestic of Santa Clara County's regional park and recreation areas. This 3,688 acre park is dominated by the redwood forest so characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountain range. To the east, the park overlooks the Santa Clara Valley, to the west, Monterey Bay. As the slopes of Mt. Madonna descend toward the valley, the landscape changes from redwood forest to oak woodland, dense chaparral and grassy meadows. Park visitors may learn about areas where Ohlone Indians hunted and harvested, and will understand why cattle baron Henry Miller spent his summers here. Enjoy your visit today, and return often to the pristine redwood forest of Mt. Madonna County Park. Mt Madonna Stables offers horseback trail rides, it is a wonderful way to explore the beauty of this park.

The park is located on Highway 152 (Hecker Pass Highway), ten miles west of Gilroy. From the east, use Highway 101, and take the Highway 152 West exit. From the west, use Highway 1, and take the Highway 152 East exit. The entrance to the park is located at the summit of Highway 152 at Pole Line Road.

Activities

Visitors may choose from 118 drive-in and walk-in reservable campsites spread throughout four campgrounds. Each site comes equipped with a barbecue pit, food locker and picnic table. Showers are also available (no coins needed) with a day use or camping fee required, as well as 17 partial hook-up RV sites. Yurts are also available for reservation. These domed-tent like structures come in three different sizes - 16', 20' and 24' offering bunk beds with mattresses, fold out futons and a wrap-around deck. Hikers and equestrians have access to an extensive 14 mile trail system. Mt Madonna Stables offers horseback trail rides, it is a wonderful way to explore the beauty of this park. Shaded picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Group picnic, group camping and youth camping areas are available by reservation. Bowmen may practice archery skills at the beautiful archery range. A one mile self-guided nature trail winds around the ruins of cattle baron Henry Miller's summer home. The park's amphitheater, available by reservation for weddings and other special functions, also features live music and slide shows Memorial Day through Labor Day. These free shows are provided by park docents every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The park also features a visitor center where the natural history, geology and cultural history of the park is highlighted.

Overnight camping is one of the most popular activities at Mt. Madonna. View here for more information about tent, yurt and RV camping!

Hours and Fees

The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset. All non-campers must leave the park one half hour after sunset. Vehicle entry fees are collected year-round. Fees are required for camping, and for use of group picnic and group camping areas. Fees are posted at the kiosk and at the ranger station.

Accessibility

In compliance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ('ADA'),the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its programs, services, or activities. The Department will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disability have an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs, services, facilities, and activities. If you need assistance with an ADA request, please contact our ADA Coordinator.​​​​

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