Bayview Trail

Mount Madonna Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Bayview Trail


  • The Bayview Trail is an easy walk through redwoods.- Bayview Trail
  • Hiking and horses only on the Bayview Trail.- Bayview Trail
  • Tan Oak Trail.- Bayview Trail
  • Equestrian picnic area on the Bayview Trail.- Bayview Trail
  • Equestrian facilities along the Bayview Trail.- Bayview Trail
  • An old-growth stump hints at the size of these trees.- Bayview Trail
  • The redwoods of Mount Madonna.- Bayview Trail
  • Clover forms a lush groundcover beneath the redwood canopy.- Bayview Trail
  • Majestic redwoods.- Bayview Trail
  • The Bayview Trail.- Bayview Trail
  • Clover and wildflowers along the Bayview Trail.- Bayview Trail
  • A milage marker along the Miller Nature Trail.- Bayview Trail
  • Henry Miller summer house in ruins.- Bayview Trail
  • Henry Miller summer house in ruins.- Bayview Trail
  • Henry Miller summer house in ruins.- Bayview Trail
  • Historical context for Henry Miller.- Bayview Trail
  • Bananna slugs devouring a fungus.- Bayview Trail
  • Here is the "Bay View" overlooking the Monterey Bay.- Bayview Trail
Overview + Weather
Old-growth forest. Easy to moderate hike. Wildlife. Dog friendly.
Exposed poison oak. Expensive parking. Bay view is minor.
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
-300.00 ft (-91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Mount Madonna County Park is a short drive from Watsonville or Gilroy, California. There are many short hiking trails that are interconnected to make one big network, and each of the trails becomes a fairly easy hike through the Redwood forests of Santa Clara County. Whether you want to take your dog for a walk or ride your horse through the many designated equestrian trails, Mount Madonna has many options. 

The Bayview trail is a short 2.5-mile there-and-back trail, and you'll have the opportunity to stitch other trails together to create a loop. There are many wildflowers, birds, and other forest wildlife: turkey and mule deer are a common, and you may spot a fox or a bobcat. If you prefer a little history, the ruins of the Henry Miller summer home can be found on the Tan Oak and Henry Miller Trail. Other trails will lead you to an archery range and an amphitheater. Camping, RV hook-ups and yurts are available if you want to take your time to explore this park in detail. Wherever you end up exploring, you'll want to stick to the trails to avoid the exposed poison oak in the area. 

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