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

This stunning tree specimen is in the midst of the junction between Mt. Madonna and summit roads. Mt. Madonna highway is developing from the appropriate. Summit is going through ahead. Summit runs close to the highest of the Santa Cruz mountains south of freeway 17, it turns into skyline boulevard on the north facet. At this junction, summit adjustments it’s title to pole line highway, which continues behind this vantage level down into the park.
That is close to the again entrance. It seemed 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 high 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 plenty of different species too.
A Cathedral groves of redwoods

Cathedral groves will not be 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 guardian tree can ship shoots up from it’s roots that ultimately develop into separate timber. So the kid timber can find yourself in a circle round their guardian. If the guardian dies ultimately the circle will be empty within the center.

The view wanting 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!