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~5.8 Mile Hike @ Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear County Park

  • Jan 19, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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This 4,595-acre regional recreation area, nestled in the hills east of Gilroy, CA, features a 635-acre lake for fishing and boating. Coyote-Bear provides habitats for many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and mammals. The park is home to rare western pond turtle, California Tiger Salamander and bay checkerspot butterfly. Two-Hundred-Nineteen species of birds have been seen, including our “National Bird” the bald eagle. During your visit you can also be sure to see black-tailed deer, and turkeys. Even mountain lions have been seen by visitors in the park’s hinterlands. Coyote-Bear is a great place visit, close to home, yet a world away!

Link to government information about Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear County Park: http://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Ride%20Here/Pages/Coyote-Lake-Harvey-Bear-Ranch-County-Park.aspx

To print off a trail map of Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear County Park, go to: http://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Maps%20Here/Documents/CoyoteLakeGuideMap.pdf

Directions: To get to the parking lot from which we will begin our hike:

- Drive to the intersection of San Martin Avenue and Highway 101. That intersection is between Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Once you exit 101 at that intersection:

- If you are coming from the south, turn right onto San
Martin Avenue and head east.
- If you are coming from the north, turn left onto San Martin
Avenue and head east.

- Drive about 1.3 miles to the park entrance, which is on the left. From what I can see on Google Maps, the park entrance is the first left after you cross Foothill Avenue.

- Turn left into the park entrance and drive to the parking lot. The parking lot is probably not visible from the park entrance, but is a short drive down the entrance road. Parking is $6 per vehicle, and is paid through a vending machine.

I have posted my number in the Comments section for this hike in case you have any questions. This should be a great hike. The weather should be really nice.

Your event organizer,

- Bill Gingras

The "nuts & bolts" of the hike:

http://files.meetup.com/1613257/Hiking%20Rubric.pdf

Hiking speed: Regular hiking speed, short gathering stops at most trail junctions, break stop at the junction of Coyote Ridge Trail and the trail spur to Maisie's Peak, 2/5

Hiking surfaces: Dirt trails and fire roads, 2/5

Elevation gain: Trailhead ~400 feet; high point ~1200 feet; 2/5

Hike distance: ~5.8 mile loop, 2/5

Trail Exposure: Mostly sunny

Hiking time: ~3 Hours

Rated as moderate, 2/5 with some strenuous bits on the way out.


Hike details: (Mile markers are approximate)

* gathering stop

** break stop

Mile:
0.0: Begin at the parking lot. Walk East along the Willow Springs Trail.

0.2: Turn left onto Harvey Bear Trail (this is the rise, ~600 feet in 2.4 miles)

2.0: *Signed junction with Town Springs Trail. Stay to the left on Harvey Bear Trail

2.6: **Signed junction with Coyote Ridge Trail. Turn right onto Coyote Ridge Trail

4.2: *Signed junction with Willow Springs Trail. Turn right onto Willow Springs Trail

4.8: *Signed junction with Rancho San Ysidro Trail. Veer right on Willow Springs Trail

5.0: Signed junction with Town Springs Trail. Veer left on Willow Springs Trail

5.6: *Signed junction with Harvey Bear Trail. Go straight on Willow Springs Trail.

5.8: Continue on Willow Springs Trail to the parking lot.


Optional Lunch:


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Carpooling:

Individuals interested in carpooling may voluntarily do so. You are advised that the use of carpool system is voluntary and entirely at the discretion of participants. Almaden hiking group or the organizers assumes no responsibility. It is the responsibility of individuals participating in a carpool to notify their insurance provider of their intent to carry non-family passengers and to ensure that they have adequate coverage to protect both themselves and their passengers. It is the responsibility of the individual accepting a ride in a carpool to ensure that the driver of the vehicle has an acceptable driving record, is licensed accordingly and has adequate insurance to protect both driver and passengers. Almaden Hiking Group and organizers are no way responsible for verifying or certifying the reliability, driving ability or insurance status of drivers and participants using the system.

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  • Bill

    Nice day, great hike

    January 20, 2013

  • Charles I

    Great place to hike. Weather turned out to be perfect for this hike, not to cold.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Almaden hiking folks are always a great group to hike with. Everyone is so friendly and smart - good conversations.

    January 19, 2013

  • Annie J.

    Spectacular vistas and fun people and great post-hike food!

    January 19, 2013

  • Nieves

    I was great meeting new people and seeing old friends!

    January 19, 2013

  • Bill G.

    Excellent hike with a great group of people!

    January 19, 2013

    • Nieves

      I agree. I had a great time and lunch was a blast! I needed the laughter. Great place! Thanks!

      January 19, 2013

  • Nieves

    Perfect for winter. Open and with the beautiful sunny day we had, we enjoyed the sun rays in our bodies. I imagine this place to be pretty hot during the summer. Nice workout.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice, would have liked to start on time though.

    January 19, 2013

  • Frank

    Just right for the exercise, conversations, the elevation and the distance; and the venue was nice too!

    January 19, 2013

  • Barbara E.

    Excellent!

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great hike, nice people

    January 19, 2013

  • Bill

    Thanks Frank, will meet you at Starbucks then at 8:50 am. My number is[masked] in case plans change for any reason

    January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok

      January 18, 2013

  • Bill

    I am interested in carpooling (riding or driving). Coming from Campbell area, can meet up anywhere en route

    January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Bill, Pamela and I will meet at Starbucks across from Costco on Almaden Expressway just off 85 at 8:50 for carpooling. If you are interested, will meet you there.

      January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to carpool, and I am willing to drive. Just let me know.
    My cell i s[masked]

    January 14, 2013

    • Nieves

      Mohinder, we are meeting at 4848 San Felipe Rd.at 9:00 am. We'll see you there

      January 15, 2013

    • Nieves

      Starbucks

      January 15, 2013

  • Bill G.

    Hi. I am the event organizer for this hike.

    I updated the directions to the parking lot from which we will be starting the hike, as the information previously posted there was not correct. If you have any questions about the hike or need further clarification, you can call me at[masked]-5904. If I don't answer, leave a message and I'll return your call as soon as I can.

    I'm looking forward to seeing you all.


    - Bill

    January 15, 2013

    • Nieves

      So everyone is clear on this, we are meeting at the Bear Ranch entrance NOT the Coyote Lake entrance.

      January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Starbucks on 14777 Los Gatos blvd just off highway 85 is a good meeting place for carpooling. It has ample parking spaces (basement of the strip center) on Saturday.

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Evergreen area same area as Nieves.

    January 14, 2013

  • Nieves

    Anyone interested in carpooling from the Evergreen/Silver Creek area, let me know.

    January 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I might be interested

      January 14, 2013

    • Nieves

      Ann and I are meeting at 8:50 at the Starbucks at San Felipe and Yerba Buena. My phone[masked] San Felipe Rd.

      January 14, 2013

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