East Dunne Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA
Henry Coe State Park is beautiful this time of year -- the hills are green, the creeks are flowing, and there are wildflowers everywhere. This trip will take us through the meadows along the Corral Trail and Manzanita Point Road (a fire road), then climb down to cool and pretty China Hole. From there, we'll walk The Narrows to our campsite at the confluence of two creeks. The Los Cruzeros backcountry campsites are a little over 6 miles from headquarters. Elevation gain/loss will be about +200ft/-1700ft on Day 1 and just the opposite on Day 2. The climb out of China Hole back to headquarters is fairly gently graded, but it's still about a thousand feet of elevation gain over 2.6 miles, so bear that in mind when you're deciding whether or not to sign up for this one.
Henry Coe's backcountry campsites are all same-day reservations, so if the Los Cruzeros sites are booked we'll choose another destination. I'd like to keep this trip on the mellow side, so if we have to choose an alternate site I'll do my best to avoid Coe's famous killer hills.
Since the hike in is on the short side we'll probably arrive at our destination long before sunset. This will give everyone the opportunity to either take a nice wildflower hike or just hang out by (or in) the water. No dogs or campfires are allowed in the Coe backcountry.
I feel this trip is suitable for very fit beginners, so if you are new or newish to backpacking please feel free to sign up and reserve a space for yourself. Get in touch with me right away though so we can talk it over. If you go to my profile you'll see an option to email me.
Coe fees are $5 per person and $8 per overnight car. We'll carpool as much as possible, but the ride to headquarters includes about 15 miles of very curvy roads, so if you're subject to motion sickness you might want to consider being a driver.