Camping at Mount Madonna County Park
Earlier this summer, John and I took a camping trip with some friends. We decided last year that we wanted to make camping one of “our things” so we slowly saved and invested in gear and tools and started booking trips.
This particular trip was super fun and we were so pleasantly surprised about the location. If you’re familiar with California then you probably know what/where Gilroy is. Nicknamed “The Garlic Capital of the World”, Gilroy sits in the middle of California, just inland of the Monterey Bay. Now, if you’ve ever been to Gilroy (for the famous Garlic Festival or the sprawling Outlet Mall, are there other reasons to go to Gilroy?) you’ll know that it’s not much to look at. It’s very, very hot in Gilroy, and just seems to be a dry, dusty, farmy, brown kind of place.
With all of these things in mind, I warily booked this camping trip in a location just west of Gilroy. I booked the trip back in January and the location, Mount Madonna County Park, was one of the few places in Northern California that was not booked solid for the rest of the year. I knew that the Gilroy area wouldn’t be a magical camping trip, but I felt lucky that we were able to even book a few sites for our group of 10 friends.
Man, was I wrong! Turns out, you exit the 101 highway near Gilroy and drive west into the hills, and DUN DUN DUN--there are redwoods back there! Beautiful sprawly, green, cool, redwoods! And, wouldn't you know it, that’s where Mount Madonna County Park is!
We stayed two nights, had two sites, plenty of room for 5 tents, 2 dining areas, and big fire pit area for us all to congregate in. The bathrooms were the cleanest I have ever seen at a campground, there were some great hiking trails through the redwoods, and the weather was lovely--with the coastal breezes blowing through the forest.
Despite my initial reluctance, I would highly recommend Mount Madonna County Park for a camping trip in NorCal. Did you take any fun camping trips this summer?