A short climb above the garlic capital and burgeoning bedroom community of Gilroy, California is Mt. Madonna County Park. The park sits along the ridge top separating the south valley area and coastal towns, with easy access ( though a little twisty) on a state road connecting the two. The area is forested, including second growth redwood areas and other mixed hardwoods. The park offers camping and picnicking areas as well as scenic views, hiking and an enclosure of fallow deer on display. Convenient and scenic, it is a great choice for those seeking refuge in the forest high above the hot, dry valley.
April 12, 2018 - reviewed by Tom Elliott
Large county Park in mixed redwoods and oak. Three loops, and all are seriously senic. Miles of hiking trails and nice day use areas.