The Lovely Mt. Madonna Park

The air high quality was nonetheless okay yesterday morning. CalFire the fireplace that’s affecting us now 86% contained. Go firefighters! So I rode out Redwood retreat rode to Mt. Madonna highway, which results in the again entrance to the county park of the identical identify. This took about 2 hours and 45 minutes spherical journey on my e-bike, I may have completed it a bit faster with extra help. I rode across the park for some time checking it out. There seemed to be some nice mountaineering trails to check out sooner or later, however sadly I had not budgeted sufficient time for that. However I’ll positively be again now that I do know I can get there fairly shortly.

This stunning tree specimen is in the midst of the junction between Mt. Madonna and summit roads. Mt. Madonna highway is developing from the best. Summit is dealing with ahead. Summit runs close to the highest of the Santa Cruz mountains south of freeway 17, it turns into skyline boulevard on the north aspect. At this junction, summit adjustments it’s identify to pole line highway, which continues behind this vantage level down into the park.
That is close to the again entrance. It appeared sort of haunted up right here as a result of I’d ridden proper up into the marine layer that may hang around on the prime of the mountains, simply beginning to burn off. That is fog, not smoke.
A pleasant forest vista from the highway. There are a ton of redwoods within the park, however numerous different species too.
A Cathedral groves of redwoods

Cathedral groves usually are not that unusual. They develop as a result of redwood timber have two methods to propagate. They’ve small cones with seeds. However as a backup, a father or mother tree can ship shoots up from it’s roots that ultimately change into separate timber. So the kid timber can find yourself in a circle round their father or mother. If the father or mother dies ultimately the circle might be empty within the center.

The view trying up contained in the grove

This go to simply scratched the floor. I can’t imagine this stunning park has been right here west of Gilroy all these years and I’ve by no means hiked there. I’ll be again!