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San Jose, California
October 20, 2012
Henry Coe State Park
Santa Clara County
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The Place

Henry Coe State Park
October 20, 2012
8:30 AM

Rolling Hills

Henry Coe State Park is the largest state park in Northern California with nearly 90,000 acres of oak woodlands and pine-crested ridges. Common fauna in the park include mule deer, turkeys, pigs, and coyotes. October also happens to be mating season for tarantulas in the park and they are often spotted on the trail.

Knarly Tree

Walking the Walk

Walking The Walk: Ridges are the order of the day, we will start up the Monument Trail to the top of Pine Ridge and then follow Hobbs Road over Middle Ridge and up the grueling "short cut" to the spine of Blue Ridge (fair warning: "the short cut" is a steep 1400' climb in 1.3 miles).

Field of oaks

After our meeting at the top of the short cut we will travel down Blue Ridge, bagging Mt Sizer in the process, before going through a burn area on the Jackass Trail. Eventually we will end up in Poverty Flat and climb back up Pine Ridge via Poverty Flat Road. The final 1.7 miles of the hike is a gentle stroll through a lovely stand of madrone and manzanita on the Forest Trail en route to the Corral Trail to finish up the loop.

Madrone on trail


Directions: From San Jose, take 101-S towards Morgan Hill. Exit East Dunne Ave and turn (L). Proceed straight on Dunne Ave passing Anderson Lake to Henry Coe SP Headquarters (approx. 12 miles from freeway). Drive time is about 55 minutes.

Level: 5.0       Miles: 15       Elevation: 4300 ft       Host: Justin N.


Know Before You Go:

Parking: $8.00
Dress appropriately, layers are suggested
BRING WATER... Coyote Creek will likely be dry so all water must be packed in; energy food/fluids to guard against cramps; good cheer and a smile :
Hazards: High exposure to the Sun; Jackass Trail may have ticks;
Note this hike is REALLY a LEVEL 5 and the start TIME is REALLY 8:30 A.M. or we won't be done before dark.

Bathrooms in the parking lot and 3 pit toilets on the trail.