The air quality was still ok yesterday morning. CalFire the fire that’s affecting us now 86% contained. Go firefighters! So I rode out Redwood retreat rode to Mt. Madonna road, which leads to the back entrance to the county park of the same name. This took about 2 hours and 45 minutes round trip on my e-bike, I could have done it a bit quicker with more assist. I rode around the park for a while checking it out. There appeared to be some great hiking trails to try out in the future, but unfortunately I had not budgeted enough time for that. But I’ll definitely be back now that I know I can get there pretty quickly.
Cathedral groves are not that uncommon. They grow because redwood trees have two ways to propagate. They have small cones with seeds. But as a backup, a parent tree can send shoots up from it’s roots that eventually become separate trees. So the child trees can end up in a circle around their parent. If the parent dies eventually the circle can be empty in the middle.
This visit just scratched the surface. I can’t believe this beautiful park has been here west of Gilroy all these years and I’ve never hiked there. I’ll be back!