Redwood Springs Trail
ElevationAscent: 387' 118 m
Descent: -107' -32 m
High: 1,872' 571 m
Low: 1,589' 484 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Run through a Redwood forest”— David Hitchcock
The trail climbs steeply (over 10% routinely) for the first 0.25 miles. This area is more open than the rest of the trail, so you might see deer or turkeys feeding early in the morning or late in the evening. Climbing more gently for the next 0.75 miles, the trail enters into a second growth forest, which provides nice shade during the day. Right before the 1 mile mark, the trail drops sharply and continues to descend down the hill for roughly 0.2 miles.
The wood crowd in on the trail, limiting your line of sight. At roughly 1.2 miles, the trail begins to climb again for another 0.2 miles, until the trail levels off and comes to its junction with the Alma Trail and the Madrone Knoll Trail. Shortly before getting to the junction, look to the left and you'll see a large redwood tree that survived due to the fact that its trunk was not straight. It looks like another tree is growing out of it, making it difficult to harvest and process. This "deformity" saved the tree and we can enjoy it today.
When you get to the intersection with the other trails, you can run up to Madrone Knoll by turning uphill to the right or you can follow the Alma Trail back down to the parking lot. It is roughly the same distance as turning around, and makes for a nice loop run.
An alternative way to approach this run is to head up the Alma Trail, and then back down the Redwood Springs Trail, making a nice 5 mile loop.
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Land Manager: Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District