Merry-Go-Round to Sprig Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,676' 511 m
Descent: -1,678' -512 m
High: 1,890' 576 m
Low: 496' 151 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (16°)
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“Redwood forest, oak trees, Henry Miller's Estate, and white fallow deer are all covered in this beautiful 9 mile loop.”— Haroon Muhammad
This Featured Run is rated moderate and offers plenty of beautiful views. The route includes redwood forest, chaparral, scrub-oak forests, and the ruins of Henry Miller's mansion. There are also plenty of wildflowers along the trail. Another section of this route passes a pen of captive White Fallow Deer. These deer are the descendants of a pair given to the Miller family in 1932.
The initial 0.75 miles is a little steep, but most of the trail is of moderate difficulty level. This park is also a big horse riding area which means some sections of the trails are very wide. Most of the trail is under shade and provide beautiful views. Sprig Trail passes all three of the park's major campgrounds, and makes a scenic ascent (or descent) through one of the prettiest stands of redwoods in the park. The last link is the popular Merry-Go-Round Trail connecting to the Sprig Lake Recreation Area.
Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks - Mt. Madonna County Park