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Loop Trail

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Beautiful redwood forest trail traversing the steep hillsides of Mt. Madonna.


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2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

93%

Runnable

1,727' 526 m

High

1,483' 452 m

Low

224' 68 m

Up

286' 87 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Description

The Loop Trail start, as shown here, is found in the center of Mt. Madonna County Park near the end of Ridge Trail. This is a very pretty mixed redwood forest trail that runs along the eastern and northern slopes of Mt. Madonna, passing several other trails along the way.

From its start at a well marked trail junction along Ridge Trail, Loop Trail heads north. The densely forested, steep slopes of Mt. Madonna drop off to the right and rise to the left, as they do for the entire length of this trail. This is a mixed redwood forest filled with very tall, old stately redwoods as well as younger redwoods. Large, tall, light trunked eucalyptus trees are also sprinkled along the trail.The undergrowth is thick and lush, with beautiful ferns in many places.

Almost immediately, the back side of the Archery Range is passed on the left, followed by Lower Miller Trail at the 0.35 mile mark, Upper Miller Trail at the 0.4 mile mark, and Loop Trail Cut Off at the 0.75 mile mark, all on the left (west) also. At the 0.8 mile mark, Loop Trail turns left (west) at a trail junction with Merry-Go-Round Trail that comes in on the right, from the east. Merry-Go-Round Trail ends at this trail junction.

Continuing on in the thick mixed redwood forest on the steep northern slopes of Mt. Madonna, Loop Trail winds around without passing any more trails for the next 1.4 miles, to where it ends at the remote Mt. Madonna Road. Along this stretch there are hints of views to the north/right, but they never really emerge through the tall, thick trees.

Flora & Fauna

Mixed redwood forest with dense undergrowth. Notable in the mix are some very tall, large eucalyptus trees with their light trunks. And beautiful ferns in places.

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
Beautiful wide trail to enjoy with friends and family.
Nov 28, 2018 near Interlaken, CA
Lush and dense redwood forest on the steep hillsides of the Santa Cruz Mountains that Loop Trail travels through.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Loop Trail winds through the tall, stately redwoods on a steep hillside in the dense mixed redwood forest.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
A few light trunked eucalyptus trees sprinkled among the redwoods on the steep, densely forested hillside that Loop Trail traverses in Mt. Madonna County Park.
Jan 25, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Towering redwoods along Loop Trail.
Jan 1, 2021 near Interlaken, CA

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