Pecheco Falls Loop via Dowdy Ranch - Henry Coe SP

Dowdy Ranch entrance will be open, the flowers are in bloom and there will be running water. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed in this area (sorry, Greg :-( . I'm posting a map with the trail drawn. This would be classified as a strenuous trek. 8 mi from Dowdy ranch to Wood Duck Pond (campsite) and then 6 miles back. While most of it is on dirt roads, there are some steep parts (labeled on map) and we'll be doing a little off-trail (Pecheco falls to Pecheco Ridge Rd.) We'll hit 'hole in the rock' swimming hole and there is also swimming at Pecheco Falls.

Here is the trail map: http://files.meetup.com/1816340/Pecheco%20falls%20loop%20-%20Henry%20Coe%20SP.pdf

What to bring (besides the usual)
gas/canister stoves (no charcoal or wood stoves allowed)
your swimsuit
sandals or shoes to wear swimming

 

cost: 5/person (camping) 8/vehicle


Directions 
The Dowdy Ranch/Bell's Station entrance is located off Highway 152, five miles east of the 152/156 Interchange at the Bell's Station Restaurant Road, located on the north side of Highway 152. Turn left and proceed seven miles over unpaved gravel road to the Dowdy Ranch Park entrance.

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  • Shirley

    Thank you, Tal, for organizing such an awesome trip! You did a great job bringing the group together and choosing a beautiful hike. You're a champ!

    April 14

  • katie k.

    Wonderful trip,perfect weather,great company!!!! Hope to see all of you on another trip. Working on getting Memorial day off. No ticks for me either,although I feel ghost ticks frequently! Thank you Tal for organizing the trip.

    1 · April 14

  • Tal

    Thank you all so much for coming out. I really hope you all can make it out over Memorial weekend. Thanks to Bill for leading the group and making some great decisions. Thanks to Katie for giving me some water after that big climb and the chicken and rice. Thanks to Tom suggesting the night hike and for the salame and cheese. Thanks for the suggestion of sock liners (I'm so getting a few pairs). Thanks to Shashi for water after the other big climb.

    April 14

    • Tal

      oh yeah, and thanks to Katie for driving most of the way back.

      1 · April 14

  • Tal

    I have no idea how it's possible, but I have no ticks. I was sure after sleeping in the grass and all that I'd have a couple. Hope all of you faired well in the tick dept.

    April 14

  • William Mac d.

    Anyone know how to post pictures?

    April 14

    • Tal

      There should be an upload symbol at the top of this page (right below the trip title on the right)

      April 14

  • William Mac d.

    Henry Coe at its peak season, wildflowers abound, lush green hills. An aggressive 20 mile loop with a formidable group of Trekkers. Rolling terrain, constant elevation change, the group took several 'side' trips of 500-1,000' elevation gain, kindred spirits throughout...now that's a hiking group! The water table is low and becoming scarce, do this park soon. Many thanks to Tal for organizing this trek and the wonderful mix of personalities that made it so enjoyable.

    1 · April 14

    • Tom

      Agreed. Just the right balance of challenge and fun. Great group of hikers. Nice work on conquering Coe!

      2 · April 14

  • Michael J

    Very interesting-it was fun to review the map after the hike. I calculated 9.3 miles Saturday, 10.8 Sunday. Coe lived up to its reputation!

    April 14

  • Michael J

    I'm packing right now-I drove by your place the other day just to be sure it was where I thought it was. See you just before 7:00am tomorrow.

    April 11

  • Tal

    Everybody knows how they're getting to Henry Coe, right? William is going up this afternoon....Tom and Shashi are riding together....and I'm taking up Michael J, Katie, and Shirley.

    Tom, William (if you're not gone yet) can I get your phone #'s, please?

    April 11

    • Tom

      [masked]

      April 11

  • Tal

    Katie, I think I can squeeze you in too. It'll be tight but at least you won't have to drive your truck to San Jose. I have a pretty big trunk and I think with some tetris skills I can squeeze the gear in.

    April 8

    • katie k.

      Wonderful! Where can I meet you?(&what time?)

      April 9

    • katie k.

      Sorry Tal,my # is [masked]

      April 9

  • Tal

    I imagine we'll be starting out at 10am. Forcast for Saturday says 'partly cloudy with high in mid-70s'. 0% chance of rain predicted for saturday and sunday. Sunday predicted 'mostly sunny, high in the mid 70s'

    So leave your raingear at home and don't forget your sunblock.

    April 8

  • Tom

    Tal, based on what you have so far, what time might the hike start? I am talking with Shashi about taking BART to Fremont, then driving with him to Coe. Earliest train gets me there at 7, which puts us at the trail ~9 AM.

    April 8

  • Tal

    Shirley, I think swinging by 16th and Mission to pick you up will work pretty well....we can just take Mission out to Caesar Chavez and jump on the 101. Probably be around 8am....can you text me your phone#? (mine is[masked]

    April 8

  • Tal

    I am leaving from north Richmond Saturday morning. I'll be picking up Shirley in SF...have 1 more spot left, so if you live in the area (or can drive to my place) by 7am...we'll be able to carpool. I would like to be on the road by 7:30 am. My phone # is[masked]-4052. Please let me know if the time is too early. I'm flexible.

    April 7

    • Shirley

      Tal - Thanks for planning to pick me up in SF. I live near 16th St Mission BART. Early is good to get more time on the trail. I'd also be willing to leave Friday evening, if you prefer.

      April 7

    • Michael J

      For what it's worth, a few Saturdays ago I picked up two car-less San Franciscans at the Richmond BART and then went to Del Valle for a SC hike up to Murietta Falls. I dropped them off at MacArthur on the way back. Seemed to work well for all.

      April 8

  • Tom

    Looks like maybe Tal is full is Michael J rides along. Katie, I can carpool if you want to -- you could pick me up along the way or leave your car in San Leandro and I could drive on from there.

    April 7

    • Tal

      Katie, if I end up with a free spot in my car, I'll let you know...you can come down the Richmond Bridge and leave your car at my house. I'll know for sure Wednesday

      April 7

    • shashi

      I am in Fremont and drive a 5 seater SUV. I can drive or ride

      April 7

  • shashi

    I am coming from Fremont. I have a 5 seater SUV. I can drive or ride

    April 7

  • Tal

    I'm hoping we can all be at the trailhead at around 9:30 am Saturday. I'm waiting to hear back from one person. So far in my car I have Michael J and Shirley. I should get confirmation by Wednesday whether or not I have room for 1 more.

    April 7

    • katie k.

      Thank you all for responding.I drive a pickup-good for hauling gear,not so good for hauling people or for gas mileage. I can meet about anywhere-drive or not drive.

      April 7

  • William Mac d.

    All, I'm departing from napa on Friday afternoon to do an overnighter at/near the TH. And, I thought I had the longest drive... Katie wins the prize for distance commitment! See you all at the TH...I'll be the dusty guy with the big smile!

    April 7

  • katie k.

    What time are we leaving the trailhead Sat. morning? I'll be driving from Healdsburg so I will need to leave very early,just like to know how early it needs to be. I would be interested in carpooling if there was still anyone still looking.

    April 7

  • Tom

    I'll be driving to Henry Coe early Saturday morning, from San Leandro. If this works for anyone I'm glad to have riders. I've a Rav4 with plenty of room. The early part can be negotiated, but by early I usually EARLY (5-6 AM). I have extra gear -- if there is need let me know.

    April 7

  • Marianne

    Gotta bow out of this one--have a great time! I dayhiked to Pacheco Falls, right by Wood Duck Pond where you will be camping, last year in May; we were camped at Coit Lake. It was pretty dry already, no falling water at the falls but the pool was still good for a dip. (LOTS of poison oak!) It's a nice area, and given all the rain it should be really beautiful out there now.

    April 3

  • Tal

    I've added 2 more spots. While the park has no party size restrictions, Duck Pond, our intended camp spot, is not overly big....(this is from the park staff I talked to when setting up this trip...I haven't been in this area personally)...we are allowed to camp by Pecheco Falls too...but from the info I've gotten, there aren't an abundence of great spots for tents, etc. So I think for this excursion, 8 is going to be the hard limit.

    April 1

  • William Mac d.

    Tal, I can arrive Friday evening for an early am start. How much advanced notice when on the wait list? I can be packed and ready for an 11th hour decision.

    April 1

  • Alex

    What a nice group of kick-ass hikers is assembling here! You guys will be flying.
    I still feel reserved: what holds me off is not just the uphills, but the lack of campfire. Just can't imagine, how people can go without it.

    March 27, 2014

    • Tal

      Alex, if it's a question of gear, I have an extra canister stove I can bring

      March 30

    • Alex

      Thank you, Tal. I have a gas burner, too, but this is a pure cookware. Forget campfire, -not having even a stove to sit around is too much of a sacrifice for me. Talked to a ranger today: yes, the fire order is still in place, "till the end of the drought season". All this drenching was not enough to officially end it... since the rain spell is over, that means - my next chance for this place is not before next winter. Hope to see you all soon, in more fox-friendly environs!

      March 31

  • Tal

    I'll be out there Friday night too. I live in San Pablo/Richmond area...be willing to carpool if anyone from here to Coe would like to.

    March 25, 2014

    • Tal

      no problem. We'll be talking about carpooling closer to the 12th. (With Tom on board and working hard on Alex...we might open the list to a couple more spots...we'll see how that flies though.

      March 28, 2014

    • Shirley

      Thanks. I can meet you at any BART station.

      March 30

  • Tom

    didn't realize that Dowdy Ranch was open, when that happen? Haven't started a hike from there in years.

    March 25, 2014

    • Tom

      you convinced me

      March 27, 2014

    • Tal

      Glad to have you aboard.

      March 27, 2014

  • Michael J

    I've joined the group and the hike-I'd be into heading to Coe Friday afternoon and camping there Friday night if anyone's interested in joining me.

    March 25, 2014

  • Tal

    Can someone tell me how to set the 'going' limit?

    March 24, 2014

    • Tal

      thought so....no, I don't have edit privileges. I wouldn't feel comfortable with more than 5 others (unless you, Alan, or Greg were joining)

      March 24, 2014

    • Alex

      OK, done. Let me know if anything else is needed, - until Alan gives you the privileges, - I am sure, he will.

      March 24, 2014

  • Marianne

    Interested in this trip, have hiked part of this area before. Tentative yes, depending on group size, final plan, etc.

    March 24, 2014

  • Alex

    Hmm... 8 mi in Henry Coe is a darn good exercise. For an in-out overnighter, you better start early: dependent on who joins, your pace might slow down. Not sure of my own plans yet, - Apr 12 is kind of far away, - but will certainly consider this.

    March 24, 2014

    • Tal

      yes, please....I would certainly love to have you join the trip. I personally would like to start at 7am....but I don't know how many takers I'd have with an early time. I figure 11am is a good post time and if we can get a group together earlier, we can agree on that once people sign up. I do agree though...earlier is better.

      March 24, 2014

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