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Lower Miller Trail

Intermediate
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Redwood forest trail to the ruins of 19th century land and cattle baron Henry Miller's vacation home.


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Miles

0.7

KM

89%

Runnable

1,890' 576 m

High

1,733' 528 m

Low

6' 2 m

Up

158' 48 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Historical Significance

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Description

The Lower Miller Trail start is found in the center of Mt. Madonna County Park, at the end of the park road. It starts at a trail post on the south side of the park road, in the open picnic and parking area. From its start, Lower Miller Trail follows the park road, past a parking area on the right/south, and heads to a large trail sign at the edge of the woods.

Upon entering the woods - mixed redwood forest, the trail is still on pavement for a very short ways to where the pavement ends in a paved loop. At this paved loop, a short walk to the right/south takes one to the historical Henry Miller vacation home ruins, well worth exploring. It appears he had quite a "spread" here. Henry Miller was a land and cattle baron in the mid to late 1800s. Perhaps that paved loop was where all the fancy carriages pulled up.

Returning to the paved loop, look for Lower Miller Trail continuing on from the left end of the loop. Now on soft, dirt and needles, the trail passes Tan Oak Trail almost immediately, and then veers right/south. Look for a long set of old concrete stairs on the right heading up to the Henry Miller vacation home. Were these the front stairs or back stairs???

Continuing on in the mixed redwood forest, Lower Miller Trail ends about a quarter mile later at Loop Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Mixed redwood forest.

Contacts

Shared By:

Haroon Muhammad with improvements by Joan Pendleton

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Beautiful, wide trail to hike with friends and family.
Nov 28, 2018 near Interlaken, CA
Ruins of Henry Miller's home
Nov 21, 2018 near Interlaken, CA
The mixed redwood forest with Lower Miller Trail running through it. Near the top of Mt. Madonna, with a low cloud on it and the sun trying to break through.
Feb 19, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Historic stairs up to the vacation home of Henry Miller, a land and cattle baron in the mid to late 1800s.
Feb 19, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Old stairs down to the ruins of land and cattle baron Henry Miller's vacation home in the forest high on Mt. Madonna.
Feb 19, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Through the redwoods high on Mt. Madonna, runs Lower Miller Trail.
Feb 19, 2021 near Interlaken, CA

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