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Sprig Lake Trail

Mount Madonna County Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • The Sprig Lake Trail.- Sprig Lake Trail
  • The Sprig Lake Trail.- Sprig Lake Trail
  • Sections of the trail leave the forest canopy.- Sprig Lake Trail
  • Sunlight streaming through redwoods on the Sprig Lake Trail.- Sprig Lake Trail
  • Enormous trees along the Sprig Lake Trail.- Sprig Lake Trail
  • Sprig Lake Trail.- Sprig Lake Trail
  • Some sections of the trail involve some ascent.- Sprig Lake Trail
  • The parking area near the Sprig Lake Trailhead.- Sprig Lake Trail
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Pros: 
Year-round hiking. Well-maintained trails.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you are looking to beat the California heat on your next Central California hiking adventure, Sprig Lake Trail just might be the best option. This Santa Clara County Park sits on top of Mount Madonna, just a few miles from Monterey Bay. Mount Madonna is a barrier between the scorching Central Valley heat and the cool, moist, and often foggy air that blows in from the Pacific Ocean. Redwoods, live oak, and madrone trees thrive under these conditions. 

Sprig Lake Trail begins at an equestrian trailer parking lot to the Sprig Lake Recreation Area (unfortunately the lake dried up some time ago). The parking lot is a trailhead for a few more hiking adventures such as the Merry-Go-Round Loop. The trail begins with gentle elevation changes and soon leads to the outskirts of the Mount Madonna Valley View Campgrounds

The Twin Giants Trail is a short and worthwhile detour. It's a quick half-mile trail that leads through some old-growth redwood trees and connects back at the Valley View Campground. You can either backtrack to the trailhead or cut through the campground back to the Sprig Lake Trail. From this point the decline slowly gets steeper and eventually turns into a moderate to strenuous downhill hike with a few switchbacks that descend into a ravine. The parking lot is not much farther from this point. 

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