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Henry Coe - Los Cruzeros

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  • Henry Coe State Park Headquarters

    East Dunne Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA (map)

    37.158516 -121.596924

  • Henry Coe State Park Headquarters -- 50000 East Dunne ave, 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.



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  • Lois

    I did this trip last weekend. Los Cruzeros is an beautiful spot to camp. Wear long pants-the narrows had some poison oak. If you have any questions feels free to contact me. Great trip for a beginner.

    May 6, 2013

  • ziba

    I have to do some warming up, first.

    May 4, 2013

    • Lorraine

      I hope you get out on one of our trips Ziba! We should have some beginner-friendly outings on the calendar this year.

      May 4, 2013

  • Lorraine

    Might have to cancel this one due to lack of interest.... Niv, let me know if you're still interested in the trip. If not I will take it off the schedule.

    May 4, 2013

  • ziba

    I like to try this one but Have not done any backpacking for many years. I read from the reviews that the trails are very steep. So, I'm debating it.

    April 27, 2013

    • Lorraine

      Henry Coe is known for strenuous hikes and steep hills, but this trip is more moderate. There is a good long climb out of China Hole on day 2 though. If you don't mind long hills when you do day hikes you should be fine. If you haven't done much hiking lately or don't like long hills you might want to hold off on this one.

      April 28, 2013

    • ziba

      Thanks Loraine, Would there be an easier one coming up anytime soon?

      May 4, 2013

  • Anu

    Thanks Lorriane, Mother's Day that weekend, my son is with me that day! You girls have fun, I will join you next time.

    May 2, 2013

  • Lorraine

    I was in Henry Coe last weekend on a backpacking trip up to Mississippi Lake with some friends. It was really beautiful. The weather was unusually hot -- 90 degrees on Sunday -- but it was still pretty chilly at night. We were all in puffy jackets and hats once the sun went down and again in the morning until it was time to start hiking. Something to bear in mind when you're deciding what to pack....

    You can see a list of all the flowers in the park that are blooming right now here:

    April 26, 2013

  • Lorraine

    I'd be happy to carpool too, either as a driver or passenger. Sounds like I'm nowhere near you two though -- I'll be coming from Mountain View.

    April 26, 2013

  • Anu

    open to carpooling, I live in Fremont

    April 24, 2013


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