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:
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
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.
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