San Jose, California
Harvey Bear/Coyote Lake
Harvey Bear Ranch is the latest acquisition to the Santa Clara County park system. This hike will take place in conjunction with the South County Campout at Coyote Lake July 14-16, 2006. For more information about the campout, contact the hike host.
From San Jose, take US 101 South to the Leavesley Road exit in Gilroy. Proceed east (left) on Leavesley Road 2 miles to New Avenue. Proceed north (left) on New Avenue 0.5 miles to Roop Road. Proceed east (right) on Roop Road 3.5 miles into the foothills. Turn left into the park, and proceed 1 mile north to the entrance station and visitor center. After paying parking fees, continue to the overflow parking at the campground. If the lot is full, there are several day-use parking areas further down the road.
We will meet at the entrance to the campground overflow parking.
Travel time from San Jose 45 minutes. Parking is $5.00.
We begin our hike at the entrance to the Campground Trail, just north and west of the overflow parking area. We hike from the campgrond along the Campground Trail 0.4 miles to the Coyote Ridge Trail. Turn right on the Coyote Ridge Trail and continue 1.4 miles to the Rancho San Ysidro Trail. Turn left on the Rancho San Ysidro Trail and continue 2.4 miles to the Willow Springs Trail. Turn Right on the Willow Springs Trail and continue 0.6 miles back to Coyote Ridge Trail, where we will have our meeting. After the meeting, take Coyote Ridge back 1.9 miles towards the Campground Trail. Left on the Campground Trail 0.4 miles brings us home ☺
This is a Level 3.5 hike. It is 7.1 miles with a 900' change in elevation.
Dogs are OK but need to be on a six foot leash. No smoking in the park. Darn, no swimming either. There are bathrooms in the parking lot/campground where the hikes starts.
For more information contact your host, Rich S aka Fireball Rich. It's always good to check back here for last-minute updates too.