Mount Madonna Count Park

Mount Madonna County Park

View Valley Rd.
Gilroy, California 95020
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Local Phone: (408) 842-2341


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

Heavy equipment will be used for the trail improvements. These trails 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.

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


Mt. Madonna County Park is 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. 

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.

A one mile self-guided nature trail winds around the ruins of cattle baron Henry Miller's summer home.

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., dog friendly, santa clara county, camp, hike, trails

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Mount Madonna County Park, Santa Clara County
Bring your tent or RV and make a weekend of it, or just come for the day. Any way you slice it, Mount Madonna County Park, 10 miles west of Gilroy in Santa Clara County, contains all the elements, from ocean views to redwood forests, that epitomize Northern California. Spring wildflower season is perhaps the best time to visit this 3,688-acre preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but in winter you'll have the place virtually to yourself.  more »
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