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Took a quick 3.7 mile hike in the park this evening. The trails are narrow, so you have to walk line abreast most of the time, unless you take any of the service roads. There are both easy and more challenging hikes, so something for...More
Great day hiking at Coe State Parks. Every trail we were on was in good shape. But the Headquarters Campground is the only California State Park campground that we have ever left before the end of our planned/reserved stay. The small campground has a couple...More
I dreamed of accomplishing this since my childhood a hike from HQ out to Casa De Fruita. This was a challenge of a hike having never undergone prior conditioning for the two day backpacking by foot. I recommend anyone who will do this hike to...More
The nature at Henry Coe is breathtaking. Every time we venture here, at least a few times per year (spring & summer) we instantly gain a sense of calm. It is a meditative experience for the kids and us. Beautiful trails and trees. Highly recommend...More
The entrance is a few miles west of the San Luis Reservoir and the very windy Pacheco Pass. A day stop could easily include a drive through the park (expect to get your vehicle dusty), a picnic stop or day hike to stretch your legs....More
This is a beautiful park with nice views! If you do not arrive early on weekend, chances are you won't get a parking in the main lot. The overflow lot is 0.5 miles from the main lot - so, allow yourself additional time for that....More
There are many trails to choose from. Parking is $8 per car. Stop by the visitor center for a map, and the ranger there will be happy to suggest a trail that suits your needs. We hiked the Frog Lake trail. It was a 10-mile...More
The only option in Gilroy is a Hilton Garden Inn, which is fine, but the Courtyard by Marriott in Morgan Hill was very nice and from what I recall closer to the park. I would go with Morgan HIll. There are a couple of other... More
The only option in Gilroy is a Hilton Garden Inn, which is fine, but the Courtyard by Marriott in Morgan Hill was very nice and from what I recall closer to the park. I would go with Morgan HIll. There are a couple of other hotel options there as well. There are a number of food options at the Morgan Hill location, including an In and Out Burger across the parking lot, a Starbucks right across the highway, and a number of nice restaurants. The drive to the park is a bit tedious and longer than expected, but it is very nice.
The camp sites at the park are right by the ranger station and the park HQ. There is a relatively easy and wide trail that goes along the ridge leaving the HQ. I believe it is called the Pine Ridge trail. There are wide... More
The camp sites at the park are right by the ranger station and the park HQ. There is a relatively easy and wide trail that goes along the ridge leaving the HQ. I believe it is called the Pine Ridge trail. There are wide fields on either side so if there are wild flowers you will see them. The trial goes on for quite a while and connects to other trails in the park. The nice thing is that you can just walk out as far as you or the toddlers want to go and then turn around and walk back. Most of the other trails, other than the ridge trail start heading off downhill, which means you have to come uphill on the return. Be sure to carry water (and snacks). The trail is on a ridge top and there is little to no shade available. Leave after breakfast and you will be back before lunch. Avoid the afternoons as it can get hot.